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Publishing an Interactive Book on the Internet

Updated on December 26, 2014

The Worlds First Interactive Online Book?

I've been told that I am a visionary - at least that's what various personality tests have told me. I have had the unfortunate experience of inventing something then later on see my invention stolen and millions made (and they weren't mine, trust me!) My fault for not jumping right on the marketing bandwagon for it though. This time though - in true "poor mans copyright" fashion- I am writing this hub so it's known at this point and day that as far as I know , I am writing the worlds first "interactive" book- and yes it's right here at Hubpages.

I'm not just writing this hub to toot my own horn but to sort of put my "poor mans copyright" right here in written form so years from now people will know where this multi-media "paradigm shift" started and who first penned it..... Thanks to HubPages , they have made this possible - through the wonderful writing site they have created here that gives us writers the vision to dream - and create.


A "Paradigm Shift" in Publishing?

I have known for many years that one day I would write a book, but I never dreamed it would be a book like this....A book that I could change, add pictures to, share with and talk to readers about, provide helpful links and resources with.

What does this First Interactive Web Book allow me to do as a writer?

1. I can share my story in "real-time"

2. I can receive comments on my book and I have the ability to respond directly to my readers.

3. My interactive book allows me to make changes and add to my book at any time, keeping the material even "fresher".

4. I am able to add pictures, delete them and change pictures. If I find a picture that I would like to add to a chapter I can add it at any time.

5. I can add links and helpful resources to help my readers research more on the topic of each chapter I publish.

6. I can make revenue through HubPages in a non-traditional way, through the use of affiliate advertising.

7. When I do eventually "hard-publish" my book, I will be able to link it to HubPages, and provide even more interactivity

A wise teacher once told me that most of the jobs in the future would be through visual communications, and I believe I have a discovered a "paradigm shift", right here at HubPages, where the worlds first interactive biography is being written.

Will A Publisher Pick Up This Book?

Now, the next interesting test with my Internet interactive book will be this: Will a traditional publisher pick up this book or will I have to end up self-publishing it?

I have been told that by publishing my book here that I have ruined my traditional chances of getting a book royalty to finish my book. To this I have said "so what" (yes little rebellious me) One might ask why? Isn't that the whole point of writing a book - to get someone to pay you to write it? To get it published?

Well to this question I say yes and no. Of course I want to hard publish my book. There is nothing quite like holding a hard copy of a book in your hand, flipping through the pages, all snuggled up in bed (or your favorite reading spot) BUT..... and here is the big but.... if I were to wait to publish this book in hardcover that means I would miss reaching tons more readers on the Internet - people that may not have the money to buy my book, people that maybe really only need the resources on info from just one chapter of my book ( would I be aghast if they didn't read the whole thing? Of course not!! My pride can handle that!) If didn't publish it here online, I would be missing the whole point to the book - helping other people through my life experiences!

So it will be interesting to see what happens - to see if a traditional book publisher will pick up my book, or if I will end up doing it myself.

To which I say....

OK then!! The experiment was worth the risk!

Poll on Self Publishing

Let's have some fun here- do you think a publisher will touch my book?

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  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Michael) Glad you enjoyed the hub about writing a book on the internet.I'd join HubPages (it's free) and start working on some chapters here. The forums are great places to ask questions.

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    7 years ago

    Im glad you came up with the interactive book idea.

    I have a book to share of my own that I think can possibly be sensational. Using the interactive book idea that you invented, I can take advantage of your ingenuity to expand my ideas for my book. This is truly an amazing idea. How can you help me get started?

  • daveearley profile image


    9 years ago from Chicago, IL

    Hey, it's worth a try...or else we wouldn't know, unless someone else did it. Good idea, I think.

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    Eddie Perkins 

    9 years ago


    You sound a lot like me in that somebody is always stealing my ideas. 

    Well, you have a great idea here and I believe it will go far.  I’ve been thinking about writing my memoirs and having it published, but never pursued it.  I’ve wondered if I could simply post here on hub pages and compile it later if needed.

    I think you have answered some of many questions for me. 

    I need to hang out near you more often. (not to steal your ideas:)

    Thank you ~ eddie

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    Angela Harris 

    9 years ago from Around the USA

    Very interesting concept- Good luck!

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks everyone. Hot Dorkage: It's not a traditional invention. It's a paradigm shift in thinking. I have done research on interactive online books and as far as I know there are none, so this is new ground. There are e-books and books published online but no "interactive" books where the content is virtual and can be interacted with, like we do here at Hubpages. As far as I can see this is the first book published online in chapters like this, with interactive content, which includes resources, links, commenting and real-time changes. It might change publishing, and that's where the newness of it is. I like to call it the marriage of virtual content and traditional hard-back publishing.

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    hot dorkage 

    9 years ago from Oregon, USA

    I'm confused. What exactly is it that you have invented?

  • JamaGenee profile image

    Joanna McKenna 

    9 years ago from Central Oklahoma

    Ditto to what Uninvited Writer said!!

  • Uninvited Writer profile image

    Susan Keeping 

    9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Well, definitely keep us informed on what is happening. If it works you could change publishing forever :)

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    9 years ago

    hey mom good job...i love the idea...ill support you till the day i long as it is what you love to do and its healthy.


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