I’m in the midst of preparing the manuscript/videos of my multimedia eBook Camera Ready for the various outlets where eBooks are sold: Barnes & Noble (for Nook), iBooks (for the iPad and other iOS devices), and of course, Amazon (for Kindle Fire). My eBook is a How-To: how to be awesome on camera. It includes 20 demonstration videos and interviews with video experts. In other words, the videos are VITAL to the Camera Ready experience.
The Kindle Conundrum
So you can imagine my dismay when I discovered, as a first time author (and iPad owner), that Kindle Fire does not support eBooks that have videos embedded in them. I mean, they ‘support’ them philosophically but they haven’t quite finished programming their lovely new full color tablets to actually play them. What’s a video gal to do?
The kind folks at Vook, who are formatting and publishing Camera Ready, explained to me that they can insert a link of hypertext where the video should be in the manuscript. The reader then simply clicks on the link (as long as they are connected to the internet) and can watch the video in another window. But the video will need to be hosted elsewhere.
But Where to Put the Video?
Should I create a separate, private webpage to put all my videos for Kindle Fire readers? What about creating a Vimeo account? Nah, Vook said, just put them all on YouTube. That way you’ll get traffic to your eBook via your YouTube watchers and then your eBook readers can become YouTube watchers, and hopefully, subscribers to my channel. And it’s free and open. Cool! But isn’t that giving away my content? Sweet Manoush, says Vook, authors, especially first time ones, should worry more about obscurity than piracy these days.
I’m still thinking it over. Putting all my eBook’s video content on YouTube all at once messes with my YouTube/Blog SEO and marketing strategy. We’re looking into VimeoPro as a solution but Kindle doesn’t play nicely with other video websites. Can any multimedia eBook authors out there share how they solve this Kindle problem? Regardless, I’ll keep you posted. Camera Ready comes out June 12th so I can’t mull much longer…
****By the way, did I mention we are half-way through the Camera Ready Kickstarter campaign to Save Quality Video and would LOVE you to back us? Please click here to learn more: http://kck.st/JHpsTC