With the growing amount of e-serials flooding the market, and our own experiences with them, we wanted to bring up the issue and share our thoughts about this popular segment of ebooks today. We would love to hear what you think about this in the comments!
As the world’s most impatient reader, I will have to say that I’m not overly fond of e-serials. I don’t like having to wait very long periods of time just to read what happens next. A week is a very long time to wait for a reviewer because I tend to go through books quite quickly. If the story is chopped up into too many instalments, then the books I read in between often wash out the experience and usually changes how I would feel about the books if I read them all in order, at once.
There have been a few serials that I’ve enjoyed though. Roni Loren’s Not Until You is a fairly long one, but I had the pleasure of reading them all at once and I think that ultimately influenced how much I enjoyed the story.
Ruthie Knox’s Roman Holiday is another long serial that I’m reading as they release. While I do enjoy it, once again, much of the events are starting to blur together as more time passes between the release of instalments.
Another factor that I think is important when dealing with e-serials is the number of instalments in the series. If the story is cut up into ten parts, I will usually wait until all the instalments are out before I read. However, if they are shorter, such as Kresley Cole’s The Professional which was made up of only three parts, I’m way more likely to dive in, knowing that the end isn’t too far away.
So while e-serials aren’t my favourite stories to read, I don’t rule them out completely. I’m just more careful about which ones I pick up because I know that that works best for me as a reader.
Serials…better left for the breakfast table. If I wanted something where I had to stop and wait every few weeks for a couple of new chapters I would pick up a comic or graphic novel, at least that way I get some pretty pictures in to the bargain. In my mind serials are the proverbial cock tease, you think you are about to get somewhere, something exciting and pulse pounding is about to happen and then BAM the little tease pulls away and you have to wait a few weeks to coax her back. Not. Fair. But like any good tease, it won’t stop me from coming back if you the goods are promising enough, for example, Kresley Cole’s The Professional and Meljean Brook The Kraken King, I just really hope this fad ends soon so I don’t expire from frustration.
I’m going to be honest; I have not had a chance to fully experience e-serial books. I attempted before by a favorite author but after having to wait for the second episode, I just didn’t have the patience to keep going. So, I did what any sane reader would do..…I waited until the whole serial was released. It killed me that I had to wait for the next chapters and even more, it felt like the author could use the next chapters for ransom. This particular author though was good to release the episode fairly quick. Nevertheless, I opted for the finished product. I think the wait could have dampened my opinion on the book from just pure frustration. I ended up loving the book, so it was a good decision on my end. Bottom line, I don’t forsake e-serials per se, but I avoid it like plague.
I have this strange relationship with e-serials. First is the fact that I TRY not to pick them up. Generally, the reason why is that I know I’m not good at following through to read through the end. Unless they have less parts. But then an author I love will come out with one and I feel compelled to read it. And even if the story is amazing, I still have had problems finishing them if they go on for too many parts. I’m much more likely to finish one that is 5 parts of less.
My first serial was Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine. I actually enjoyed each part and I was purchasing them as they were released and reading that same day. But as much as I enjoyed it somewhere along the line I stopped reading them. I had them all on order so I have them all, but I never finished. Then when her next serial came out, When I’m With You, which is a spin off from the first one, I only got two parts in and stopped. Are the stories bad? No. Was I interested? Yes. But ultimately, I gave up on it.
The same thing happened for me with author Roni Loren, and this is part of a series I love and follow. Not Until You came out and I read maybe half. I am dying to know what happens next, I have all the parts. I gave up again. And this one bothers me because I actually love the author and the series, so I’m missing out on a story that I know I would ultimately love ’til the end.
But in general, I think this trend should start dying out. Just put the whole book together and sell it as a regular novel! I can’t count the amounts of times a “part” has left me dissatisfied but then the next part I get where the story was going. Why break it up then and leave a bad taste in my mouth? A more recent example of that is Every Part of You by Megan Hart. I actually did finish the whole serial (it’s a short one) but I have mixed feelings about the story. When I step back and look at it as a whole, I think I would’ve enjoyed it a lot more than now that I got it by parts. I couldn’t connect.
Then there are some serials I’ve read that I considered were pretty good and kept me interested. Logan Belle’s Miss Chatterley and Jamie Brenner’s The Gin Lovers. Those two actually kept my interest, showcased a great story and I was able to finish them and connect at the same time. They are a bit shorter so that definitely helped. But ultimately, I think they would’ve been great as a full novel (which you can now purchase with Gin Lovers).
There is only one serial that I can say was amazing, written perfectly, ending in to-die-for cliffhangers and had pretty good length to each part. That is Kresley Cole’s THE PROFESSIONAL. If I had to read it all over again, though? I would rather have seen it come out as 1 book. And generally, publishers do this anyway after. So is it experimenting to see if the story is good enough to print? Is it just to make more money? I don’t get it, but I am slowly loosing interest and wish it would die out. I don’t want to have to miss out on stories that I would’ve otherwise read because they are being released in parts.