Reader, meet writer–writer, meet reader using book bubbles. That’s right, book bubbles. At Bublish.com readers get insights to scenes within books and the myriad of things going through the author’s mind during moments of creation. These insights are called bubbles, designed for authors to share additional info showing readers much more than just the typical sample at Amazon. Think of them as enriched samples. Bubbles are the story behind the story, which combines the feeling of browsing in a bookstore with the convenience of shopping online. Readers can even start conversations about the books, engage dialogue with the authors and also share via social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, StumbleUpon). Follow them on Twitter @BublishMe.
Founded by Kathy Meis, Bublish lets authors create a public profile, then upload their books and make bubbles from any section. Each bubble is an excerpt of text with additional author notes–very different than a standard sample, which usually is the first 10% of a book. This way the author can select samplings from anywhere within the book and also discuss the back-story of how the scene came about, what was going on with the author, what makes that scene special and more. The insights take the reader-writer relationship to another level.
Links for buying the book are made available to every retailer where the book is sold. Free to authors and readers, Bublish makes income from their affiliate tag on any sale while the author keeps the full royalty as at any retailer. Therefore Bublish has a vested interest in helping readers buy books they will like and helping authors sell books. Win-win situation for readers and authors.
I’ve made four bubbles so far: on the Moment of Creation, finding the First Intelligent Life, for Being a Medium for Infinite Wisdom and also one with Life in Free-Fall. All of those are for scenes in The Little Universe. It was fun.
What are you waiting for? If you’re an author, it’s time to make bubbles. If you love books, it’s time to get to know the writers. And as usual, please share your thoughts or comments.
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