Update on Links in Digital Books

On September 11, 2018, I posted a note about putting links in the digital versions of my novels.  What I intended as nothing more than an update turned into a conversation regarding the use of links in my novels and how they affect the story in the book.

While I don’t have a scientific study on which to rely, I can safely say that the overwhelming majority of the over 28,000 people who shared their thoughts with me believe that the links are helpful.  Thanks to each of you who took the time to share your thoughts with me on this.  Even in those instances where we disagreed, I still learned something.  Thank you for that.

Rather than go on in some length about what I’ve learned, suffice it to say that the links are beneficial for those interested in the source information found in the links.  As an added benefit, the links don’t take the reader away from the story.  If you’re interested in following the link, click on it.  If you’d rather stay focused on the events unfolding in the book, keep reading.

I intend to keep using links in my books in the days ahead.  I don’t set a limit or have a goal for the links in the novels.  Instead, I use them when I believe they provide information that might be helpful in making a point in the book.  You are free to click on the links or simply ignore them.

I did hear from some of you who would like me to provide a footnote-like version of the links in the books.  I tried to do this several ways, but each time, it quickly became clear that providing another site with the links broken out by book, chapter, and page would prove to be a burdensome task.  If any of you has a way to accomplish that feat that doesn’t impose hours of work on me, please contact me.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on my books, photos, motorcycle rides, or anything else that is G-rated, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

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