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How to create a Hubbook

Updated on July 11, 2017
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Jack is retired. Before retiring, he worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.

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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