How to get all 40 chapters of Replacement

It turns out that, if you have the old 4 chapter version, you can’t get the new 40 chapter, 60,000 word version, even if you return and buy it again, like I did 3 times. You have to remover the old version before the new one will load.

To remover the old 4 chapter version, first make sure your device is set to sync and accept updates in settings. Then go to home or library and find the book. PRESS and HOLD the cover you want to remover. It took me 4 times before I got a 5 option menu, including Remover from Device. Press it. The new version loaded immediately for me then.

Good luck, and I hope you can finally enjoy the book.

47 thoughts on “How to get all 40 chapters of Replacement

  1. Terry

    Sorry, Mike – it still doesn’t work. I returned the short version and it’s removed from my Kindle for PC, but I got the short version again when I just re-bought it. I’m going to try Customer Service before I return it. Again…

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      1. Allan Mitchell

        Finally got it with help from Customer Service. He had me try authors method but it did not work. He said he had to manually delete the file (from somewhere?), and then copy the good file. It then automatically downloaded. Said he would mention it in daily? meeting.

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  2. Terry

    As with others, Customer Service said the was an update, and supplied the update. So apparently they haven’t actually fixed it yet.

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  3. Finella

    Hey. I love you books and im not sure if this is were to do it but… the book was great. I loved but without giving asmuch away as pos, from about the cat people there were some wrong words, names like penny and sandy getting mixed. Words missing. Etc. Not many but i have never notice your books having them before. If your anything like me you wont be able to read it and spot them but there are just enough to cause a bit if confusion and to be annoying. I dont know what you can do or even if you want to but… i wanted to let you know. I was going to try to tell you where but i was using kobo and i dont know how to share it with you. The this story though. Cant wait for more. !!

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      There is a new file that HAS NOT been uploaded that has two pages of boo boo’s fixed. I was waiting for this present storm to blew over before I put it up. Remember, I didn’t have 6 or 7 Ace editors looking at this book to get all the nits out. I’ll try to do better, but independent published work has more nits than some New York stuff. Although, before I became a New York Times best seller, some of my Kris books weren’t a lot better than this.

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      1. Ulf

        I would also like put my vote in for a bit more editing. (Bloodhound and the Christmas story also had various issues). But I would also like to mention the formatting, at least the epub:s on Kobo have been a bit “off”. They look like Calibre conversions from something and that does not always turn out well dependent on the type of source, you also almost have to manually tweak the css to get a good “finish”. (McBooks and Spatterlight Press (VDE) are the best …)

        The Christmas story actually looked like a “Russian scan” in the Kobo version at least. Had to hand edit it a bit before reading it…

        (I wonder how Kobo deals with changes to existing books if the author uploads it?)

        But do keep writing!

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        1. mikeshep Post author

          Hi, I’m using a doc from word and I’m uploading the same file to all the usual suspects. Amazon, B&N, Kobo, D2D and Smashword. I proofed the file at Kobo and it looked like all the others. Were you reading it on the Kobo reader or on another device?

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          1. Ulf

            Hi, checked it in the old Sony Reader for PC first (I still use my Sony reader) and then Kobo Desktop when it looked strange. Except for paragraphs it is just a single blob of text. No splits between title page, copyright/thanks and actual story. (additional notes: Christmas tree image is not in the actual book, only the online metadata, and the fourth word of the story probably should have been “softly”)
            It turns out to be an unencrypted epub (intentional?) with contents produced by pdf2html 0.36 and Calibre going by the tag left in the raw HTML contents.
            Replacement turns out much better since it has page breaks but lacks a TOC (well it has a link to the start) and chapter headers have the same font and formatting as regular text. No signs of pdf2html being using but still a Calibre conversion and an unencrypted epub.

            (I get many if not most of my ebooks from Baen so I am used to unencrypted epubs but I am not sure if it is intentional from your pov)

    2. LouisB

      Sir Francis Drake was definitely not a pirate , he carried letters of marks, which makes him a privateer. He was knighted after that trip.

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      1. LouisB

        since I have privateers in my ancestry both on my father side, and my mother side, I am a little bit touchy on the subject. Privateers are honorable warriors, pirates are not.

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        1. LouisB

          In peace time most privateers, where whalers, they were family or captain owned and carried a mortgage, so they could hardly afford to stay idle. In addition the admiral was an elective post voted by the captains participating. This gives a good indication of the leadership qualities of sir Francis Drake.

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  4. hocine

    if you have already bought the e-book:
    on your amazon page clic on “account and list” and select
    “Manage Your Content and Devices ”

    you will see your kindle e-book list with a Update button on the right for Kris Longknife’s replacement.
    Clic on it

    then on your kindle or other device delete the e-book and reload it.

    now you have the book with all the 40 chapters.

    if you by the ebook now and you haven’t bought and returned it before you don’t need to do all that.

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  5. Edie

    Hi, I was wondering when it would be safe to order your book from amazon. I didn’t pre buy. Would that help me get the whole book?
    Looking forward to reading the new books you are writing.
    Edie

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Hi Edie. According to latest reports from first time buyers, the book is coming through in all its 40 chapter glory. You can safely buy it now. Let me know if you do and it works out correctly.

      Mike

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        1. Edie

          Hi I really liked the book. Looking forward to reading the new books coming out. The biggest problem I had with the book was where you mixed up the names of who was actually doing the speaking. Hopefully that will be fixed in the next books?

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          1. mikeshep Post author

            I’ve uploaded a new, corrected version of Replacement. I’m waiting for Amazon to make the update available.

  6. David M daily

    Mike, I got my copy of Kris Longknife’s Replacement from Barnes & Noble. It has 40 chapters but only 143 pages not the 210 you said are supposed to be in the book. I noticed that the 40th chapter was only a page and a half long. I was wondering if I got the whole book or if I am missing around 67 pages? Most comments on missing parts were concerning Amazon and I was wanting to know if other sources are also not having the complete book? How do I get the whole book since I don’t use Amazon but get all my books thru Barnes & Noble?

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Different book stores load it differently. If you have Chapter 40, and yes, it’s short. However, it it’s got Rita Nuu Longknife in it, you got the complete story. You should also have coming attractions in the last 2 pages.

      MIke

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      1. David M daily

        Yes, the last chapter said something about Granny Rita being on the warpath if that sentence is what you are referring to. And, I did get the coming attractions which I am really looking forward to. You did call Sandy “Sandy Longknife” in the coming attractions section. OOPS!

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  7. Wayne

    It’s a shame I pre-ordered, I still can’t get it. I’m beginning to think it was loaded on Amazon in another dimension, and I’ll never get to read it.

    Unfortunately I can’t return the book so I’m stuck.

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Wayne, if you are still stuck with the 4 chapters instead of 40, give Amazon customer service a call. In 5 minutes they will see that it is sent to you. I swear, this will not happen again.

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Hi, Anon. If you go into Your Account, then find Accounts & lists where you’ll find Manage your content and devices. There, you should see an update in the far right hand of the line with Replacement on it. If that update isn’t there, I suggest you call Customer Service tomorrow. In 5 minutes they should push the update out to you. I hope this helps.

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      1. Anonymous

        Just a progress report.

        This, third time, that I bought the book (Captain’s log entry), I sent it to Kindle Cloud Reader. While I was there, I did find a way to contact customer service so I did that (basically what you suggested). Got email this morning that they sent the correct version of the book to my device. So I went to my device and downloaded the book. All here now. Just finished reading it.

        Good book. Some interesting political and philosophical undercurrents.

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  8. Gerhard Islinger

    Hm…
    i got my copy on 01/11 from the german Kindle store, together with the christmas story and got the correct version(s), so as stated above, it doesn’t seem to affect new buyers…

    The way i understood the kindle mechanisms, the “updates” process () should handle the process transparently. Did this go wrong for all affected?

    BTW – is there a way to feedback errors? Because a few of the things i caught on the first read would fall under “Corrections to destructive or critical errors”… 😉
    (see e.g. chapter 17, where Penny shows up as “Sandy” (pos. 1955/1967/1959/1970 in KindlePC). These sort of errors are so distracting they literally kick me out of the book and go “whut?” 😉

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      The Sandy boo boo has been identified by about 5 fans. It’s changed in the new, updated file that I’m terrified to upload. I will in a week. or so.

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  9. Jon

    Mike –
    if you would like to have some one else look at you files before you publish, I’m will to do so. I can read your books in a couple of hours and then re-read them again and start catching miss names and miss locations. I’m not a professional and I don’t catch spelling errors. I’ll sign non-disclose if you want. I’m not looking for money either ( although I’ll take it if you offer). E-mail me if your interested.

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  10. LouisB

    I have been rereading replacement, I did not catch this on first reading, as you too much want to see what happen next, but at 35% Penny says that Zathe and Frodir are about to jump out of their skin being so glad to have the Humans back, and at 53% it says both have been sent to Wardhaven to see the king ! There is a small contradiction.

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  11. mikeshep Post author

    The two kids are still on the cat planet. The admiral and translater who went with Kris back to Alwa are the two cats that have gone to Wardhaven. I should have been clearer.

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  12. LouisB

    Thank you for the precision, I am now reading the updated version, and have realised my mistake. On the other hand, I still object to persona non gratis, The Webster’s unified dictionary and encyclopedia, list persona non grata as a person not pleasing, especially to the high officials of the government to which he has been sent.
    Also, to me, gratis is a French word and means for free, or without costs.

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  13. LouisB

    I should also have said that other than that minor item the corrected version in an excellent book and pleasant to read.

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  14. J Snailum

    Thank you for all the helpful advice but over at my Amazon.co.uk account I’m still stuck at 4 chapters. Off to message (or whatever) them to see if they can help. I even tried completely deleting it from the account and buying a new one… : (
    We’ll get there some how. It will be so good when we do! Have the others on preorder.

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  15. Bobbie

    I just repurchased this & was not having any luck getting the new version. I NOW have it, though. I had to go the customer service route suggested by Thursten in the comment to the “FIXED” comment on this page. It took about 15-20 minutes, but I was finally able to get it. Customer service was very helpful. Here’s the link on the page where the reply to comment appears:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R278V6OSWJXTC1/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_viewpnt?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01N2P6WX3#R278V6OSWJXTC1

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  16. J Snailum

    All sorted with Replacement – full chapter count by return of post by Amazon. Worth the wait.
    Just finished Kris among the kicking birds. A nice short piece for lunch time. However, it just whets my appetite for more. How about a deal? You keep writing and I’ll keep buying them 😊

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      It’s a deal. I’ll keep writing them and you wonderful people can keep reading them. So far, Replacement has sold over 3,000 copies in the last 30 days. Wow. Thank you all for following me into the crazy world of Self Publishing.

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  17. Paul Zagieboylo

    I loved this book. Let me get that out there. Definitely a worthy addition to the series and the universe. I look forward to more.

    I have the updated edition. At least, the foreword says “Revision 2” and has an extra page with a few notes. It is still absolutely rife with copy-editing errors, of the sort that a spell checker won’t catch because the misspellings are all still words. To me this really detracts from what, I must stress, is otherwise an excellent book. As an example, just chapter 1, by paragraph:

    P1: Sand -> Sandy
    P12: jaundice -> jaundiced
    P21: Colonial’s -> Colony’s? Colonials’? Colonial?

    Later chapters are worse, and I don’t want to see problems like this pulling your great books down. Please, please hire some copy editing. I’ll happily pay the increase in the cost of the books.

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Paul, all I can do is apologize to you. Ace paid a lot of editors to look at my books. They didn’t always. The sixth and seventh Kris books are full of typos that didn’t get caught. When I made the NYT list, I started getting better editing. Still, even as the galleys were heading off to print, the production editor was spotting typos that had been through at least three edits here and five or six edits in NY.

      Now, I’m publishing my own stuff. I’m still using the three or four people here in Vancouver and trying to get two or three to help before I publish. Still, remember, Ace took a year from the time I delivered the book until it was available to you. I’m cutting out that year and giving you the read early. However, it is going to miss that year and six or eight pairs of eyes.

      I’m looking at a lot of self published author. I like their story telling. Some I download from Smashword. It lets me get them in a word format. I copy edit my copy. I spot a lot of goofs. If I knew how to reach the writer, I’d send them a copy of my edited version, but I don’t know how to.

      You do know how to reach me. If you’d be so kind as to consider joining my editing eyeballs, I’d be glad to consider it. What I often notice among my early readers is that the early chapters get more edits than the later ones. You start reading the story and don’t notice the nits. However, you may be one of those hawk eyes that boo boos jump out of the page at.

      I’ll keep doing my best, but I can’t give any promises..

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Kris’s ships are not at all like those in Star Wars or Star Trek. Think of them as one huge wedding cake. With the power plant aft, the acceleration is down. Thus, we use acceleration to give us the effect of gravity. Ships dock nose in. Thus, as the station spins, the ships get the effect of down. Piers are a series of decks with escalators or elevators taking you up or down.

      That said, there is no question that I have a hell of a time keeping that in mind. If you catch me with my mind wandering and it starts to look like a modern day cruiser with decks from bow to stern, all I can do is beg for your mercy.

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      1. Edie

        Hi Mike, Just saw the cover and blurb for Emissary. Does Kris have 2 kids now? Is this more of a tease to get us to read the next book?
        Also, I could help you proof read too if you need it.
        Looking forward to reading Abbi’s book.

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  18. Kok-Yong Tan

    I bought the Rev 2 version of Replacement on iBooks and it’s an editing disaster. It’s littered with typos such as misusing “complements” for “compliments”, “picking” for “picketing”, “you’re” for “your”, “jaundice” for “jaundiced”, “ins” for “ends”, “helms crews” for “helm crews”, “speaking her peace” for “speaking her piece”…and I’m only on Chapter 8!!! Argh! You need a Rev 3. Pronto.

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