Frequently Asked Questions
Nope. It's called a "pledge" because it's a promise to pay, IF the project reaches its goal. If it doesn't, your account will not be charged at all.Last updated:
The Atama-ii series is leveled to roughly match Oxford and Cambridge "Starters" or Penguin "Easystarts" in terms of reading difficulty. By Extensive Reading norms, they 'weigh in' at about the 300 headword and 2,500 running word level.
Also important for readability, all Atama-ii titles will include one full-page color illustration per 115 words of text, i.e. one per page, which is more than most other series.
*Note: The examples on this Kickstarter page are not entirely controlled for lexical difficulty yet.Last updated:
The short answer is: We recommend our titles for ages 10 and up.
The longer answer is that everyone has their own idea of what is and isn't suitable, and at what age. Our primary goal is to write interesting stories which are not 'dumbed down', and which could essentially be enjoyed at any age. One of our target markets is adults who study English as a second language. But yes, we do try to remain kid-friendly as well.
I like to use the PG film Raiders of the Lost Ark as a general guideline in my mind as to what should and shouldn't be allowed in the Atama-ii series. There's some gunfighting, some scary situations, a few deaths, a kiss here or there. However, nothing is gratuitous, and it all serves to move the plot along. It's a film that a 10 year old or a 45 year old can equally enjoy. Most importantly, the story doesn't insult anyone's intelligence by, say, pretending that Nazis didn't exist, or that adventurers in the 1930's didn't carry guns.
Actually, the Motion Picture Association's film ratings are not a bad way to consider what we (generally speaking!) do and don't allow in our titles. Think of our titles as PG-rated (parental guidance suggested; for example Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, etc.) rather than G-rated (for example, Sound of Music, Toy Story, Mary Poppins, etc.).Last updated:
Actually, you can run the free Kindle and iBook apps on most devices, including tablets and computers. We are looking into other formats to publish on, but to keep things manageable, we're starting with Kindle and iBooks first.
One priority is to ensure a high-quality reading experience for all readers, which means controlling for font size, pagination, resolution of the illustrations, etc. But yes, in principle, we will eventually have the books available in as many formats as possible.Last updated:
Testing on various devices next on our to-do list. We expect no issues with mini tablets, as the books have a small amount of text per page (about 100 words) so should be readable even in landscape orientation on those devices. As for phones, the reader will surely need to use portrait orientation, meaning that the illustration will always come on a page preceding the text. Not our intended optimal way to read these, but it works.Last updated:
The screenshots show lines like 'turn to page X'; how does the concept of 'page X' work in an ebook?
The short answer is: The screenshots you see here are not the final version. Those will indeed read something like, "If you open the door, click here" rather than "turn to page X"
The longer explanation is: It's true that the concept of pages doesn't apply to ebooks, since they reflow depending on the size of the screen and the font. However, page numbers are important in the writing and editing process (and will be useful again later if we produce print versions) so we need to put them in... before we can remove them again for digital!Last updated:
That will depend on how much interest we generate now. The problem with print is that there are a lot more factors to consider, including higher costs for printing, shipping, storage, and more.
We are, however, planning to have a limited print run available by next summer. This will mostly be used for promotional purposes (and to fulfill pledge rewards) but the process should give us some sense of whether print books will be feasible.Last updated:
I've tried to find what a Kickstarter charge looks like on a credit card statement, but I've had no luck. It will surely read "Amazon" as they're the ones who handle the payments. One potential problem is that there won't be an associated ISBN on the initial Kickstarter receipt (the eventual books you receive will have ISBNs, of course).
To be totally honest, I'd personally hesitate to use official funds for a Kickstarter, unless you've got a clear OK from your boss beforehand. If we hit our target, the series will be officially listed for sale in January, so it's not a long wait.
If you do decide to chance it, I'd be happy to send a receipt from Atama-ii Books verifying that you have indeed pre-purchased X number of books from us.Last updated:
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