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I have recently finished an edit on Moonlighting in Vermont and I’m making it an enhanced e-version with links to photos and interviews in the back. I am NOT putting links in the text because I find that irritating in novels. I find it questionable in non-fiction. I mean what’s with that? You’re reading along and you come across a highlighted word. Not only does the word itself pull me out of the story, because I’m thinking “why is this highlighted, am I supposed to do something about that?” instead of reading, then if I click on the word it takes me somewhere else altogether. I’ve lost the story, for who knows how long, and when I go back I probably won’t remember what was going on and I’ll have to start over.

Very uncool.

So I’m putting an One Page appendix at the end, with links. So you can get to the end and click through to pictures of Bree’s town, an interview with me and probably a link to bulish.com material – because I find Bublish fun.

Down to my question for you: If you were going to interview me, what would you ask? Got any questions? If you don’t I’ll use the eleven questions. I think I’ve got 24 of those…

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Delia August 18, 2012 at 11:38 am

Is this a Kindle thing with the hyperlinks? Because I’ve never come across one on my Nook. I can say that I would find it annoying, though. Also, I’m a horrible interviewer, so I’d stick with your eleven questions. :)

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Kate August 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I don’t think it’s too popular yet, I’ve only seen it on a couple of books, one was Janet Evanovich’s Wicked Business. I just ended up ignoring the links. I know conventional wisdom says you’re supposed to put them in blog posts as well, but that kind of annoys me too. Not as badly as it does in books where there is a much longer story thread to follow!

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Edward August 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Yay!!! I am so with you on the hyperlinks in the middle of a story. If I’m reading something for research, that’s different, but in the middle of a narative, fictional or not, it is just rude! Put them all at the end in an appendix. I wouldn’t mind if it were footnoted, that’s much easier to ignore and come back to later.

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BarbN August 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

hmmm, interesting about the links and highlighting. This is exactly what my master’s thesis is– we are annotating an online version of a classic work of fiction. There has been much discussion about what is the best way to do it. It’s a complex enough work that most readers are happy to have *some* help, but on the other hand, you don’t want to be intrusive, for exactly the reasons you state. At the moment, we have it set up so that you can either turn the annotations on or off. The upside is that you don’t have to deal with the annotations if you don’t want them. The downside is that you don’t know they’re there, and sometimes they really are helpful. Maybe I should ask it on my own blog, hadn’t thought of that. and p.s. I think your eleven questions are better than any questions I can come up with. :-)

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