Dear Kindle Readers,

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I would like to start by thanking all of you for your interest in Fallout 101. I cannot possibly express how grateful I am for your support.

Currently, there are a few issues with the site format that need to be addressed. Namely, the chapter organization and access to old chapters. Due to the blog format, I can only provide you with fifteen different entries at any given time and they are always in order from newest to oldest.

In order to reliably keep the old chapters in order, but also have the newest updates on top, I have come up with this solution: Of the 15 posts that you receive in your update, the last 7 will be dedicated to old chapters (in order). This means that all chapters older than one week will appear at the end of the file you receive from Amazon. It will look something like this:

1. Newest Post
2. Post
3. Chapter 11
4. Post
5. Post
6. Post
7. Post
8. Post
9. Chapter 4
10. Chapter 5
11. Chapter 6
12. Chapter 7
13. Chapter 8
14. Chapter 9
15. Chapter 10

In that example, slots 9 – 15 will always be past chapters. I, unfortunately, do not have a Kindle myself, so I don’t know how intuitive it will be to read using this format. My understanding is that you have an “articles list” button and can navigate to any post with relative ease. If not, I will do my best to find something else that works.

As for old chapters that no longer appear on the article list, I am still looking for the best way to provide them to you, but my goal is to make sure that you don’t end up paying for them. In all likelihood though, this means that these “chapter packs” will be free for anyone with a Kindle (or other .mobi compatible reader) to read. Hopefully, the mid-week content (I am working on more entertaining ideas, and am open to suggestions!) and the fact that you will have chapters at least a month before I release them in .mobi format through my site should be enough motivation to stick with me : )

Or you can just look at your $1/month as a donation! You know, supporting the arts. (Okay, the entertainments.) In any case, my goal is to do right by you, the reader. So feel free to let me know what you think! Either through fallout101.com, or by emailing me at andrew.macauely@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Andrew Macauley

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Macauley,

I am glad that you are trying to figure out how Kindle subscribers to Fallout 101 can read the installments in order; however, I do not understand the explanation that you have given. I think it would help a lot if you could see a Kindle with your work on it so you can see how it appears there. I think you are saying that one would have to click on "skip article" until one found a post that was new to them, and then read the posts backwards. This is very awkward.

I have been enjoying the story, but only in a rather weird and disconcerting way because I don't know whether I have been reading it in order or not. I like the character of Maria, and that is what keeps me going, and the world itself is intriguing. However, I have no idea what is really going on with the people in Genesys, and because everything there is so unfamiliar and confusing, I feel like I don't know if I've read it backwards or forwards. Maybe one thing I actually like about the book is that it is so unsettling that I can't figure out the chronology of what I am reading! But it is probably frustrating for others.

Here's an idea. Maybe at the beginning of each post, you could have a very short "table of contents." This TOC would simply list the dates of each post, and each date would be clickable. Then, if someone wanted to just read the latest post, they could click on that. If they needed to go back to an older post, they could click on the appropriate date. Once they click on a date, the material for that date would be presented "in order." The more I think about it, the more I think it would work. What do you think?

Kathy

Andrew Macauley said...

Hi Kathy,

I apologize for the confusion, and will try to explain. To start, here is the proper chapter order:

1. Prologue and Chapter I
2. Chapter II
3. Chapter III
4. Interlude Part I
5. Interlude Part II
6. Chapter IV

I ought to have done a better job of clarifying this. I imagine it was the two "Interlude" chapters that made the order so confusing, so hopefully it makes more sense now.

As for the post order, the newest post will always be at the top. Following that, there will be seven more posts (in chronological order). So if you read every time there is a new chapter/post, and have no desire to read old content, you probably won't even notice the changes I talked about.

However, if you do want to read an old chapter, you will find them near the back of the file that Amazon sends you. As far as I can tell, this is the best way to keep them in order, which is what other readers were asking for, with the only caveat being that chapters older than a week will be all the way at the end. (Maybe it would help if I waited two weeks to start "archiving" chapters?)

With regards to your suggestion, there is currently a link labeled "view previous chapters" at the beginning of each chapter. If you click on it, the Kindle web browser will take you to this website, where the chapters are listed in order.

Unfortunately, I don't believe there is a way to make this link take you to old chapters in the kindle file itself, but I went ahead and sent Amazon an email asking if this was possible, and will get back to you as soon as I know!

Thank you for writing. I'm sure I will find the best solution soon, but I hope this clears things up a bit in the mean time.

Andrew