On 25/02/2012 04:46, Jonathan Blake wrote:
I haven't been able to get to my own review of books 4-7, and I've been finding lots of things to adjust based on our reviews of 1-3, so I think we have a choice. Do we extend the comment period another week to end on March 3? Or do we end the comment period for 1-3, leave 4-7 for later, and go ahead with publishing 1-3? I'm leaning toward the second option, publishing 1-3 now.
After some thought, I reckon it matters what we plan to do next. My take on it is this:
If we plan to revise/re-release Books 8-12 next, then we should hold off on releasing Books 1-3. There may be the odd issue that we spot in the Magnakai books that also affect earlier books--unlikely, but possible. In that scenario, we should wait until 4 and 5 are ready and release 1-5 (the Kai series), and then work through 8-12 and re-release Books 6-12 (the Magnakai series).
If we plan to work on Book 26 next, then we should release Books 1-3 now, 4-7 next week, and work on Book 26 afterwards.
As much as I want to get the remaining three books released, I am erring toward the first scenario, that of releasing the two sub-series first, as that would seem to entail a much reduced likelihood of ever having to revisit the earlier books. Also, it would reduce the burden of updating the All.zip file--and also the bandwidth used due to fans downloading it.
(The only other thing to look at in Books 1-3 that comes to mind would be an audit of capitalised vs. uncapitalised use of "weapon(s)" in Books 1-7.)
Are we offering each sub-series as a separate download (e.g. Kai1-5, Magnakai6-12)? If not, now might be the ideal time to do that, should we opt for the first scenario.
We would also be releasing the books in Simple and Less-simple formats, of course. Ingo, what are the chances of getting at least one or two of the PDFs ready for release alongside--or shortly after--the re-releases?
Here are diffs that show what Simon and I have done in the background over the last week with 1-3. http://projectaon.org/staff/jonathan/diffs/01fftd-docdiff-r1837-r1873.html http://projectaon.org/staff/jonathan/diffs/02fotw-docdiff-r1837-r1873.html http://projectaon.org/staff/jonathan/diffs/03tcok-docdiff-r1837-r1873.html
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