Q: In what format do you deliver fiction?
We deliver fiction in PDF format.
Q: Why PDFs?
We use PDF files due to their security and flexibility. With PDFs we are able to ensure that every user has the same experience. Most every system comes pre-installed with Acrobat Reader, and many software packages come with the Reader as well. Chances are you already have it -- But if you don't it's a free download from Adobe.
Q: Why Security on the PDFs?
It costs a lot to bring quality, canon fiction to our readers. From the WKG license to the writers, editors, artists, layout staff, admin staff -- to the bandwidth, programmers, database engineers, and software. It simply is not possible to provide something for nothing, and in the end BattleCorps must remain a viable business if we are to continue with Classic BattleTech fiction.
Q: Will I be able to print the fiction so I can read it off-line?
Yes. We offer print-ready documents for that very reason.
Q: Will you deliver in any e-book format?
That option is under development by the provider of our content security system. As soon as it is ready, we will offer these additional formats for anyone who wants them. Members are encouraged to always keep us informed of their preferences, so we can respond.
Q: Are there more changes planned for font and background colors?
Yes. We've come up with several colors to brighten up the pages for those who wish it, and a straight B&W print-ready version for those who do not. We will modify brightness and color-tone as necessary, based on feedback. If we get overwhelming comments regarding our font choice and size, this too may change as we respond to member requests.
Q: I have trouble reading electronically. It can lead to eye strain or migraines for me. What can I do about this?
First, see the question above. You will be able to print out the stories and read them in hard copy at your leisure.
Second, there are many ways to work around this problem, which is shared by many people who work around computers. Some people use anti-glare glasses (also known as 'shooting glasses'). Others simply limit their time at the screen. Sign in, read a story, and sign out. Come back later for your forum postings or to browse the art gallery.
Q: Will BattleCorps sell printed copies of the fiction published online?
Not on a per-story basis, but our first compilation The Corps: BattleCorps Anthology I has just been released!.
Q: But why not simply get the license for "print" stories and sell those?
This is a lot harder than it sounds. It is also far more expensive than we can currently afford. New York publishing houses have more resources and better discounts on creating a printed book that we will ever have, and they still often consider anything less than 10,000 sold units a 'failure.' Our goal is to make BattleCorps a success at almost any level of support so that BattleTech fiction will endure.