262 – How to Enhance and Add Value to Those Boring Ebooks – Interview with Alina Adams


The rise of mobile technology is creating enormous opportunities for self-published authors.

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Undoubtedly, many people received tablet computers for Christmas yesterday; and unlike the old Kindle readers, tablets like the iPad and the Nexus 7  allow book enthusiasts to experience the book rather than just reading it.

Enhanced e-books in addition to standard text, feature video, music, graphic and links relevant to the story – fiction or non-fiction. These types of ebooks can be experienced on tablets, the iPad, the smart phone, or your  lap-top computer. All you need is an Internet connection and a Kindle app.

Alina AdamsThis week our guest, NY Times bestselling author Alina Adams talks about turning your boring “text-only ebooks” into interactive storybook platforms.

Alina is a pioneer in online storytelling. She was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated with her parents to the U.S. at age seven, where she learned English by watching soap operas at their home in San Francisco.

Her knowledge of Russian took her around the world as a figure skating researcher and television producer for ABC, NBC, TNT and ESPN. She used her experience to write a series of figure skating mysteries (Murder on Ice, On Thin Ice, Axel of Evil, Death Drop, Skate Crime) for Berkley Prime Crime publishing.

After these books became paperback bestsellers, Alina was able to get the rights back to this series and re-released them as enhanced ebooks, with skating video included as part of the story.

She’s also published the work of other writers who wanted to re-release their titles as enhanced ebooks. In addition to being an accomplished author, Alina also helps other published authors turn their books into Enhanced interactive ebooks.

In this interview, you hear Alina share some great advice on how ebook authors of both fiction and non-fiction can add value to their works with interactive media.

You’ll learn:

  • How to format your ebooks to include multi-media.
  • What self publishing platform works best for interactive multi-media ebooks.
  • How to get the rights back to your previously published books if you originally went through a traditional publisher.
  • And much,much more!

Enjoy the interview and have a wonderful Christmas week!

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  • AndyWiseman

    Alina is definitely on to something here. As our attention span becomes shorter I think eBooks need to be more and more engaging.

  • MumtrepreneurJanet

    Indeed tablets are changing the way that we read and more importantly, interact with what we read. Thanks for the interesting article.