I've got nothing to read at the moment. So, I've been searching aimlessly through Amazon's Kindle Ebooks. Sigh, groan, moan . . . it's not much help. All I seem to find is things like: Book 5 of the "Everlasting Series" etc. I've spent mega hours tracking down such 'series' down only to find each 'book' is only a few chapters and not a novel (and when it's a novel...the author finds it necessary to point out (with exciting exclamation marks) that it's a 'stand alone' novel). Why don't authors just come out and say that this is novel 1, this is novel 2, this is novel 3....and name them that way? Is it because they don't have the story worked out yet and are hoping for fans to tell them? Is it because there's a fan base that wants to know the 'history' of the characters? Is it because of money (I'll just write Act 1 and make them beg for more)? Is it because we're used to TV series and expect novels that way these days? There's awesome writers who produce books every month on schedule - like they have a formula. There's authors' who write novels in a series but only 10 years apart as they have to research and write. There's writers who produce novels yearly but in the same format. Is there any real answer? What's the motivation - money or art? Just curious on your thoughts. Most of the time, using Kindle, I feel 'tricked' by the titles and the order they're displayed in for purchase. I guess that's my beef at the moment - I scroll through 1,000 books before I discover 1 worth reading. TITLES ARE IMPORTANT!!!