I have asked this question before and got two conflicting answers. Can you use the hubs you've written and turn them into an ebook without violating the rules? I would really appreciate it if someone "official" from HubPages would give me a definite answer.
Thanks so much,
You raise an interesting question here. It will be good to see how staff answers this one for sure. I can see some options going the other way with this as I have some published ebooks.
Since 'duplicate content' is classed as anything that is multiply cached by Google, I would not see any reason you could not use your hubs in an eBook.
This should not be a problem. Ebooks are not webpages. Therefore they are not scanned by Google Bots / Search engine Bots.
You cannot be seen to be breaking the rules as the Ebook copy cannot be found by current searching methods!
In all honesty i don't think it's a problem, but your right: it's best to wait for an official answer from the Hub Page Staff....
Thank you so much, both of you, for the answers. I just hope to get an "official" yes or no from the staff!
The official yes or no depends entirely on whether you do it in a way that breaks the rule or not. So long as the ebook content cannot be found by search engines, it complies with the rules.
Ebooks cannot be read on the web if they are downloadable. On the other hand, if you've published the entire ebook on the web so that it can be read, then it will be duplicate content.
I have written and published an e-book for Kindle based on the content of one of my hubs. I have not had any adverse reaction since it went live last month. However, the e-book expanded on the content in the hub and the writing style and format are slightly different to cater for the Kindle market. I too look forward to a reply from HubPages as I am considering another.
Popping in looking to see if we have had a HP response yet.... I see not.... so I will check back later.
I'm going to send an email to them and see if that works!
Hi! I emailed the staff and this was their answer:
"Authors retain the copyright for any of their original material published to HubPages.
The only caveat related to publishing an ebook is that if it is accessible online, it may cause your Hub to be flagged as duplicate.
A physical book would be less likely to have these potential issues."
Still a little unsure about whether it's ok or not, but maybe one of you can decipher the answer!
I read it like this:
Your Hubpages content, as long as it is original, is owned by you and you are at liberty to do with it as you please.
However, if you publish your Hubpages content in an e-book so that the content of the e-book can be read live online via a web browser (i.e. as web pages) then this may cause the duplicate content flags to be raised as this can be crawled by search engine robots.
But, if you publish it in a downloadable file format, such as PDF, or one of the e-reader formats so that it is, as such, self-contained and read via an offline application such as Adobe Reader or Kindle etc. then this would not be a problem. I think this is what they mean by a "physical book".
I hope this helps.
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