Confused, my first thought was “what’s up with that?” I didn’t know that writer’s were allowed DO-OVERS once their work was published. Do readers who purchase a novel expect it to get better somewhere down the road?
Naturally, I ran to my Amazon Account to find out why I was receiving updates on a published novel and how much I paid for the “original” version.
After a little research I found the “updated” versions were for three books I purchased through Amazon by author, James Hankins. He writes a fairly decent book, not one I would submit for the bestseller list, but I’ve read worse.
The first book titled “Brothers and Bones” that I purchased for 99 cents…well, I felt I got my money’s worth. The novel was not edge of your seat material, but it was a interesting theme and he did a good job with the characters.
The second book I put out some coins for was “Jack of Spades” and it cost $2.99. That novel was better than his first as it’s character’s and plot were better developed. Again, I wouldn’t gripe about the price.
The third book I purchased was titled “Drawn” and I had shelled out $2.99 and it was the most recent of the three. I was unimpressed…figured out the end by the third chapter, and decided he had done better on his previous two novels.
The author didn’t write serials, all the characters and themes in each book are different, and I felt that he was still working his way towards a kick-butt novel! But, none of the three were worthy, in my humble opinion of recommending to others.
Since I wasn’t jumping up and down over this author’s talents as a writer, I was confused by the “updates” available. I clicked on the three titles and was informed that the updates consisted of a “Corrected Version” of the original book.
Now, I hate spelling errors and misplaced words when reading a novel….especially when I’ve paid for one. And, I imagine that is what all this is about. The publisher might have gotten some grief from the author and corrections were made (that should have been caught IN THE FIRST PLACE) to avoid hard feelings, readers complaints and probably litigation.
I think that it’s nice of Amazon to send us corrected updates…after all, if you pay for a book you hope for a certain level of quality or you would expect the novel to be “Free.” And, don’t get me wrong, there are many, many excellent books available from Amazon that are “Free” and are just waiting for readers to discover them.
The problem I have is that I would expect a book to be released AFTER it has been fine tuned by the author, the editors and the publisher. I know that if I EVER have a novel getting ready to be published, I would be going over it with a fine toothed comb to avoid the embarrassment of having to send readers a “Corrected” copy.
By the way, all three novels were rift with errors that made me wince, but for the price of the books, I just ground my teeth and plowed by them.
So, the mystery is solved and thanks Amazon for sending me the updates. However, I was not so impressed by the “Incorrect” versions that I want to read these books again now that the errors have been corrected!
Sorry…but I don’t believe in literary do-overs!
Yours In Writing,