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How to create a Hubbook

Updated on July 11, 2017
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Jack is currently a volunteer at the Westchester County Archives. Jack has worked at IBM for over 28 years on museums and libraries.

How to create a Hubbook

What is a Hubbook you ask? It is a way of using Hubpages hubs to publish a book. I came up with this idea while writing at Squidoo and coined the term (Squidbook). My first Hubbook is the Art of Fencing and five others. You can check them out here -

- Sept. 2015

Advantages of Hubbook

Here are a list of advantages of Hubbook:

  • It is easy to create and update.
  • It is dynamic meaning it can be modified relatively quickly and published online.
  • It is easy to navigate.
  • It can support multimedia objects in addition to text. Images, videos, audio tracks can be embedded in your text.
  • You can add hyperlinks within your text.
  • You can receive feedback on every page.
  • You can add references and links at the bottom of each Chapter/hub.
  • You can add modules that may generate revenue such as Amazon books that may relate to what you are writing about.
  • You will create many many hubs...

How to do it?

Here are my recommended guidelines on how to create a Hubbook.

1) Create an Introduction lens and include the Title and a short description of your book. Then add a Table of Contents with all the Chapter headings in your book.

Create a text module and place the content of your first chapter into it. At the end, create three links with one pointing to the "Table of Contents", one pointing to the "Previous Chapter" and one pointing to the "Next Chapter".

Add a link list moodule to contain any references if any.

Add a Guestbook module at the end.

2) Create a second hub (recommend using the same name as the first hub) with a numeric sequence added.

Create a text module and place the content of your second chapter into it. At the end, create three links with one pointing to the "Table of Contents", one pointing to the "Previous Chapter" and one pointing to the "Next Chapter".

Add a link moodule to contain any references if any.

Add a Guestbook module at the end.

Of course, you can add any images or multimedia objects within your text.

3) Repeat step 2 for all subsequent Chapters.

4) Go back to your first hub and make all the Table of Contents into links to each of the corresponding hubs.

5) That's the whole idea in a nutshell. You have created a Hubbook.

Notice I have not done anything exotic. I have used all the standard modules of hubpages and have created a book that is easy to navigate and may include multimedia objects that traditional books and eBooks lack. It is easy to modify and it is easy to publish.

Have fun publishing!

Summary

HubPages is a great Web 2.0 platform. It is easy to use and free. Publishing on HubPages is made better with Hubbook. It links many of your related hubs in an easy to navigate fashion.

Another advantage of creating Hubbooks is so that some of your un-featured hubs maybe found by others. By creating an Introduction home hub that is featured, you can link to your other hubs including some that may not be featured. A prime example of this is my hubbook on "The Art of Fencing". Many of the chapters were not featured.

© 2014 Jack Lee

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      Jack Lee 9 months ago from Yorktown NY

      As far a views, it is limited. In some cases, the main hub is not featured because of the format and the Quality Assessment process. However, the benefit to me is that is is much more manageable. When you have upwards

      of 300 hubs... as I do, you cannot mange them with out some organization. HP use to have something call groups which you can specify hubs but they have abandoned it for some times. I found this to be an easier way. What I do is to send my friends and colleagues the table of content hub, on a particular subject and let them decide which one to read. Each hub still stands on its own merit. The collection of hubs just makes them easier to navigate.

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      Robert Sacchi 9 months ago

      That seems a great idea. How are your HubBooks doing, hit wise?

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      Alexander Gibb 2 years ago from UK

      Now that's really clever!

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      Jack Lee 2 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Thanks for the comment. That's why I added a Table of Contents and a Navigation module on every hub. Which ever page you land on, you can always go to the beginning with one click.

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      Shasta Matova 2 years ago from USA

      I like the idea of starting a book on HubPages before transferring it to an actual ebook. I don't recommend using numbers for the chapter headings though, because most people find the pages from search engines. If they land on page 21, they will become discouraged and not be willing to start from page 1.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great idea! I'm bookmarking this. I have a big project in mind that will take a bunch of lenses, so this could be a perfect way to organize them.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Most awesome...thank you. Here comes my first book!

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      Jul-on 6 years ago

      Thank you this will come in very handy!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Ah, my dear! I have seen many a lensmaster who has benefited from your instructional guide on how to do a Squidbook! Awesome.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      Great thinking. You've created an uncluttered environment for readers using this Squidbook format. I applaud your organization of material in this way.

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      BC4 7 years ago

      I love this idea! If the content is more than 2500 characters. You can always use more than one text module on a lens. This is the kind of idea that will take a lot of time, but you've got me excited!

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Great idea for a lens

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      WriteResearch 8 years ago

      A really excellent idea. All sorts of possibilities for using this approach. I hope that Squidoo evolves to incorporate some methods of organizational structure, such as similar to your chapter approach, or "nesting" lenses, or categories and subcategories et cetera. Thanks for letting us know about your approach.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Idea! Keep up the good work. I am going to lens roll you to my writing lens.

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      Rich 8 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is very helpful - what a great idea. Blessings for sharing.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What a great idea -- and I can think of tons of ways to implement this to connect groups of lenses, too! Angel blessings!

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      Lynne Modranski 8 years ago from Ohio

      I too have a squidbook! I just didn't know that's what it was. Lately I've been thinking that my lenses are getting too long. I keep adding the chapters all in the same lens. This is a great idea so my readers don't have to scroll!!! Thanks!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i have a squidbook i guess before i read your lens lol http://www.squidoo.com/themansiononthehillbylindam... ive posted 5 lens that relate to this one.. and still have more to add to it.

      you can twitter me at http://www.twitter.com/theideagirl id love to hear from you :)

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      Sergeantrom LM 8 years ago

      Great idea! I started my own squidoo book because of your idea. It's like my creation coming to life. I am forever a fan.

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      JJWinners 8 years ago

      Excellent article

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      A8ch 8 years ago

      A novel idea. (No pun intended!)

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      freddi 8 years ago

      Your idea is brilliant, yet simple. I love it! This would work great for fiction too. What a great way to keep people coming back for more. 5 stars and favorited. Nice job.

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      I think you've come up with a super idea there! Sort of like authors whose publishers release one chapter via an email campaign or on Amazon, to pique a reader's interest.

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      This is an awesome way of linking your lenses together. I tend to create really, really long lenses (over 50 modules). I think I'll consider splitting up my lenses and joining them as you suggest here. Very creative.

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      dragonsix 8 years ago

      I just completed my first Squidoo Book. Your idea of organizing lenses is great, otherwise you end up with a long, long lens.

      I added a link to this lens, so others can see how it is done. Thanks again.

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      dragonsix 8 years ago

      Squidoo was confusing for me when I started. Then it started making sense. That was when I started thinking how to organize my lenses. Thanks Jack! This is the best way so far.

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      businessblossom1 9 years ago

      This is a fascinating concept . . . I feel like I have been groping toward the same concept with the sample of a book I have here and the larger books I want to publish here. For a novel, this would be ideal -- and guarantee traffic for all those lens! Brilliant! 5 stars all the way!

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      seedplanter 9 years ago

      Great lens! I love learning all the unique tricks of Squidoo. This one is very different. Thank you.

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Cool idea! Love it!

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      CCGAL 9 years ago

      This is a really GOOD idea! And thank you for visiting my lens and adding squidbook to my list of words!

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A hearty Angel Blessing and 5 stars for this fabulous idea, Jack!

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      archetekt lm 9 years ago

      What a great idea!

      If only I had time for all the great ideas I see in Squidoo.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      What a great idea! I had been toying with the idea of splitting my lenses up into lots of little ones but hadn't quite gotten around to it yet.

      I think this may be my next pursuit.

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      Love this lens! Great Idea! High Fives!

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      hypnoplace 9 years ago

      Very inovative idea. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      herrador lm 9 years ago

      Great stuff Jack. So glad I read this before starting my first lens, it's a great help.

      Thanks

      Ed

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Great idea. I hope to see many SquidBooks in the future.

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      tplus 10 years ago

      Congratulations! You are #1 at Who Has the Most Lenses?! I've picked this lens to be featured alongside your name. Come check out your competition!

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      victoriamasters1 10 years ago

      This sounds awesome- especially for illustrated books! If you were to self-publish (like at Lulu.com) you could add the option to order a print of the book or and e-download in a module on each chapter.

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      Lady-Ellen 10 years ago

      Hi Jack: Great idea! I see this working really well with 'How-To" books.

      5 Stars!

      Come see what I'm writing about Persephane Pendrake

      Cheers,

      Lady Ellen

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      KCStargazer 10 years ago

      Jack - Kudos for the Squidooian Innovation! Thank you for sharing your wealth of information as a Techie and a Master Lensmaster. It's a pleasure to have you join us at the Pimp My Lens: Great Lensmastering Tips and Tricks Group!

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      Jack Lee 10 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Q-gilbert, I am all for elevating squidbook to the toolsbar. You got to contact SquidHQ and convince them.

      kathysart, thanks for the support. Looking forward to reading yours...

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      kathysart 10 years ago

      Wow.. sooo excellent!

      I will.. yes indeed.. soon!

      Kathy's ACEO on Squidoo:

      https://hubpages.com/art/kathysACEO

      ~~*~~

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      kathysart 10 years ago

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      I still mean to do a squidbook.. just around the corner!

      FIVE STARS to yours!

      Kathy's ACEO on Squidoo:

      https://hubpages.com/art/kathysACEO

      Kathy

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Jack, let's extrapolate for a moment. Can "Squidbooks" be elevated to the level of "Groups" and appear on the Squidoo toolbar? That would give all squidbooks emphasis by separating them from the lens chaff.

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      datingtips93 10 years ago

      Brilliant idea. 5 star lens.

      Nicole

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

      This was most informative and I learned a lot !

      Best wishes,

      Karen

      Karen at Karens

      Kinkade Art Store

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      katiyana 10 years ago

      What an awesome idea! I'm going to use this for marketing my eBay Store by having my main page covering the whole store, and then having subpages for the departments within my store in page links like you suggested. Thanks for sharing this tip!

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      DeWayne-FilmFreak 10 years ago

      Your idea is squidtastic! Very creative and a real asset to the squid community! Giving you 5 stars!

      DeWayne(FilmFreak)- MovieDownloadMatrix.com -

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      bromley2 10 years ago

      What a great idea!!

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      gods_grace_notes 10 years ago

      Hi Jack! I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your lenses...this one is a particular favorite! I have lots of ideas for ways to use this format; thanks for being the go-to guy for the how-to! Another fine lens...Connie

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      Barkely 10 years ago

      Wow, I love learning new things. I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      The Squidbook is a great idea. Nice work! Blessings :-)

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      Jack Lee 10 years ago from Yorktown NY

      rksmythe, thanks, I'm just having too much fun writing squidbooks. What's your topic about?

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      rksmythe lm 10 years ago

      Jack, fantastic idea. I'm going to work on my first Squidbook now. Thanks! You might want to work a deal with the Powers that be and trademark SquidBook. Brilliant.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Link to Squidbook Directory:

      Squidbook Directory Here!

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      SmartWeb 10 years ago

      Hey, Jack. Just saw your blurb tonight. We had already started a directory for the Squidbooks to reside in. You are now famous. Please tell us what you think! Hopefully, it will get some writers going. We are linking to several of your lenses... so it should boost your ranking a bit, too!

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      Jack Lee 10 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Smartweb, Thanks for the suggestion. I plan to create a listing when more squidbooks are made. So far, I have the only one. -Jack

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      SmartWeb 10 years ago

      I have to say I love this idea... but be sure to use enough modules (at least 4 after the intro) so that it is seen as "improved" by Squidoo. We need a list of the books made... and I love that you can get paid for activity on every page of your book! Much better than just selling the book.

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      ThomasClifford 10 years ago

      Hi Jack,

      Great idea! Got me thinking, for sure, about creating a book on corporate video.

      Corporate Video

      Thanks for sharing and take care!

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      daoine lm 10 years ago

      Excellent idea! You really are so well organised and you have great ideas. :-)

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      groovyoldlady 10 years ago

      Uh-oh...something else for me to waste, um, I mean, spend profitable time pursuing. I've got three book ideas already!!!! (And this is WAY more fun than ebooks and pdf files. Ugh!)

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      Margaret Schaut 10 years ago from Detroit

      Jack, this is an amazing idea! I am really stunned by it. It is also good 'practice' for writing a real book, publishing it in squidoo chapter by chapter, as they used to do in newspapers. A monetized, multimedia book. Astounding!