It’s no secret that we think eBooks are a great opportunity to combine and repurpose old blog posts. But if you want to reward loyal readers then it’s a good idea to sprinkle some new content in there too.
There’s a couple of ways that you can do that without spending weeks writing additional content. Quotes from 3rd party sources for example are a great way to curate other people’s content to supplement your own.
In this tutorial I will show you how you can use Beacon’s news pages to mix in different types of content with your own.
Curated content is a great way to add more value to your readers by providing information from third party sources. It can also help to change the pace of your book so readers don’t get bogged down with lots of long articles in a row.
This is a fairly typical ebook that starts off with a cover page and an introductory article opening up the theme of the book. As you can see it’s quite long.
I want to add a page that contains quotes from trusted sources other than me. It helps to frame the subject of the book in a slightly different way and it also helps to add a bit of variety to keep readers interested.
So under the pages tabs I’m going to click ‘add page’ and then choose ‘news’ as it’s perfect for this kind of short and snappy content.
Let’s call this page ‘content marketing quotes’ for now and add a quick intro.
This big yellow button at the bottom of the page lets me add individual news items, which is the Beacon term for a small snippet of content.
I’ll add the quote first and then the source. I can also add an image of the source too.
You can see my first quote on the right hand side of the page so I’ll go ahead and save that.
I’m now going to repeat that process for each individual quote that I want to add. Starting with the quote, then the source and finally and image.
If you forget to add an image after you save a news item you can just click on the title and it’ll bring you back in to edit that quote.
Now that we have all the content in there, let’s make it look different to a plain article page by experimenting with different fonts and colour schemes.
That’s starting to look pretty good now but I think we can make these quotes stand out more with a different layout.
This one is pretty good but let’s see how it look with the quotes sitting side by side in a grid.
That layout really suits the content of this page and it will definitely stand out when a reader is skimming through the book for the first time.
And that’s how easy it is to bulk up your ebook with some curated content.