Please inform me if I'm incorrect, but it would be great if hubbers could purchase bound copies of their material from a format similar to Lulu or Blurb. Is there this opportunity? If not, HubPages would you consider it?
A hub is meant to be a STAND ALONE article, not part of a book. Although there are a few people who write chapter hubs on the site, these rarely if ever earn money.
Sure, but wouldn't it be neat to have a book of all of your 'stand alone' articles? Not for money here, rather collection.
Yes I suppose it would, but it won't make HubPages any money, so why should they offer the feature?
You can easily create such a book yourself, by saving your Hubs on your PC as you publish them, then using Lulu or Smashwords.
Oh well. I guess I'm the only one who thinks this way.
NO, you are not the only one. I have often wondered the same thing and see it as a possibility of not only having your work in book form, but it would make it easier to publish it down the line. So it is a great idea...
Glad you understand. I know there are others out there like you and me who understand the point of books and, especially, having your own writings in collected form. Also, it's not just having them bound; but the selection process (thinking of Lulu) regarding book size, binding, style, paper, colors...all of that can be fun and personal. What a gift your words could be to someone--a sibling, a son or daughter, and for different reasons. Glad my idea hasn't been lost on everybody!
You're not the only one. I've never really thought about wishing HP would offer it, but I have wished it could be easier to do it if someone wanted to. Separate from what Hubs are supposed to be, or what I want to do with any of them; they're my writing, and - if nothing else - I'd like whatever I've written in hard copy so (uninterested as they may turn out to be) my future grandchildren/great-grandchildren might be able to have my words and get a real feel for the issues/matters of life in the time when they're late grand-mother/great-grandmother lived. I sure wish I had such a collection of writing from the people who came before me. It wouldn't need to be a "great novel" or only about the main things in an era. (We tend to have no shortage of that kind of history.) I'd like some up-close-and-person writings of the smaller ingredients to a life, a family history, or an era.
I have copies of everything, and do plan to eventually get everything on paper or in some book form (not for sale - but just for that reason I just mentioned).
But, I understand that HP has its own aims for Hubs, and I have mine (even if I share some aims with HP) for my own writing (regardless of how mundane or uninteresting it may be). No matter what I write, though, for whatever reasons, I do put it all under one umbrella of "stuff I've written" and would like it all in one place offline. (After my mother died I found in her mail and papers a few notes like, "Make sure the basement door is closed. I don't want the cat to get at the turkey." () THAT's the kind of "writing" that can bring real "life" to the kinds of proper-writing or dry, factual, less personal, papers that tend to get carefully stored in fire-proof boxes.
So personally, I'd like a simple way to have Hubs bound in a book or notebook, but I can certainly understand why HP wouldn't be interested in offering that too. It's just, maybe, that some people don't always go solely by what Hubs "are supposed to be" and have their own reasons for thinking one thing or another might be a nice thing to have. (I save copies of any of my professional writing too, as long as it isn't confidential. Lots of different reasons to want to do that too, even though its primary use has nothing to do with me, personally; or my life, or any wish to sell it in book form in some point. )
Cat at the turkey! Indeed funny! But, yes, this is the point: personal keepsake. A few years ago I conducted and extensive interview with my mother about her life. Those words and "inside" point of view I'll have forever, and so will my siblings.
These places charge a small fee, so you are incorrect, Marisa, if Hubpages would charge for the service. Don't know if it would get enough interest though.
How is the housing bubble doing down in Aussieland, Marisa?
I'd be fine with paying a reasonable fee for it. I've thought about doing just that with Blogger stuff (because, when all is said and done, and for one reason or another; I don't really plan to leave a lot of that stuff online forever. A hard copy is around even when a person changes what he does online, or where he does it.)
Well that's true, IF HubPages charged a fee it would be worth their while - but only if there was enough demand to make it worth doing the programming work.
There's still a lot of conflicting talk, and a lot of complaints about prices being unaffordable - but after a lull over the winter, the market is quite buoyant again. So I guess you could say it's still bubbling along
I agree with you. I think a book to showcase all the work you did would be a great physical backup and one you could share with your family and friends who don't quite understand the internet thingie.
If you can put your blog into a book, why not the hubs?
Since it would only be one copy, the book would be kinda expensive.
Have you tried to see if blurb (and similar places) can do it? I'm not sure if they just might be able to use the RSS feeds.
You could get a book of your hubs printed. Just do a quick google search for something like "self publishing" or something.
Personally, I wouldn't want a book of my hubs. They're not really related to each other. I have a hub on saving money on airline tickets and then airports you're most likely to die at. I don't think those two topics belong side by side.
Plus, I'm always editing my hub, looking for typos, etc. If I were to have my stuff haha hublished and I were to find a typo, I would have to have it re-printed. Otherwise the book would be dead to me.
That's the one thing that has stopped me from doing that kind of thing before this - having to read all of my own crud, find errors in thousands (maybe millions) of words, and fix them all.
But my point is it's your work...your own creation. And before you'd ever 'do them up' for publishing, like on Lulu, you'd revise it until it's the way you wanted it. That's fun and it's something you'd always have, if only for yourself. (It doesn't have to be for others; but a coffee table book of something you wrote is definitely a conversation starter. Then, you might want something larger.)
It wouldn't be something I would be interested in. I already have copies of almost all of my work on Hubpages and can print them out anytime I need or want to. No need for a book of them.
Yeah, but printing them out sort of misses the point.
I didn't miss your point. I just don't find your point to be valid.
Cagsil; I don't think she is missing the point. I believe that if HP were to offer your work on a printed medium like a book for example, hubbers could buy them for purely personal reasons or they could sell them.
It's just a nice idea which has some appeal....
I don't think HP would take up that task unless they charge a fee. So if you are willing to pay for them to do it might be good reason for them.
I also think that hubbers can self publish their work if they need it in book format.
That's fine. I'm not suggesting anything free. Self-publishers charge for services, so it is unreasonable for me to think HP wouldn't profit even if they did partner with Lulu or Blurb. I think if the service were offered, many would get the picture and understand why having bound copies of their work is at least an interesting idea.
Now if Harper Collins came up to me and said, "Hey Melanie, your hubs are awesome and we want you to take your hubs and write a book and we'll give you some buttkicking royalties," I would say, "They better be good because you made me nearly freeze to death for crappy pay in your warehouse, but okay... as long as you allocate your profits to anyone but Rupert Murdoch" and then I would go to Barnes and Nobles and buy the book... as long as the cover art was awesome.
I'm thinking New York Times bestseller
I assume the T-Rex there has a prehistoric Michigan accent and is guffawing over his win against Triceratops.
You mean T-Reax and Tricearatahps? The accent even annoys me and I've got it bad.
He's got liddle earms.
Fortunately I don't have it as bad as my mom, she sounds like Michael Moore. She drives a Kyair (car).
As we've seen very recently, Hubbers sometimes pass away. It would be nice, under such circumstances, if there were a way to send their family a copy or two of all their family member's Hubs, particularly if the Hubs were mainly about one subject that the Hubber had a lot of expertise in. As far as paying for it would go, maybe community members could voluntarily pitch in (with HP handling the donations to cover the payment for it. Any donations beyond the cost of making the book(s) could be applied to something like, maybe, a charitable fund contribution in the Hubber's name - with the family getting the copy of the book and a card saying the donation to the charity had been made in the name of the deceased Hubber. It could be "as is" - no editing and no fancy cover design (or any of that) - just a basic book or even loose-leaf notebook.
In the case of someone like Earnest, the family would get a book full of his own expertise/knowledge on autos (etc.) (Just something that occurred me. I suppose there are a dozen or more reasons why someone wouldn't think this kind of thing would work, or be worth doing.)
I'd like a HubPages Cookbook... a collection of the best recipes on HP!
Or at least like a section like... didn't hubpages have an Education section where the best educational articles were housed? Maybe something like that for cooking... the most appealing cooking hubs could go to like hubpages.com/cookbook or something
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