Poll and Discussion: Series Serials

kindle serialsI am noticing a growing trend where instead of releasing a full novel, authors’ works are now being published chapter by chapter as they are writing their story; this is in a similar vein of fanfiction.  I used to be a major manga reader (Japanese comics) and while I’m used to a story being piecemealed for years at a time with 17-40 pages (in either weekly or monthly installments), I’m not so sure of how I feel about that translating to novel format.

I recently read and immensely enjoyed The Immortal Circus, which initially was released in serial format. I was glad to read it as a final product.  The second book is now out, but it will be released the same way. Though I’ve purchased the book I sort of want to hold off until it’s all finished.  It only takes me a few days to read a novel, but I want to be fully engrossed in it until it’s done.  At the same time, my TBR list is very long and it will take years for me to read everything I want at my rate.  Serials would be a good change to get more of a taste of everything.

Interestingly enough, with the growing popularity of services like Netflix and On Demand, even when it comes to television I find that I enjoy marathoning a show as opposed to watching one episode at a set time on a set day every week.  Books seem to be going in the opposite direction.  How do you feel about this evolution in reading habits?

How do you feel about novel serials?

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4 Responses

  1. Rochelle H

    I don’t mind if the first couple of chapters are made available for fans as a taster, but I think its way better to be patient and have the whole thing in your hands to enjoy.

    June 26, 2013 at 2:38 am

  2. Vickie Hamilton

    I am indifferent. It really doesn’t matter to me…

    June 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm

  3. Not for me. When I really get into a book, I read it all in one sitting. Can’t do that if the rest isn’t available yet!

    June 26, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  4. Diva

    I definitely prefer a complete novel, no contest.

    June 30, 2013 at 2:31 am

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