A Little Bit More Ebook Magic…..
This post is a follow-on from the post I published a couple of weeks ago explaining how to add social media share buttons to your ebook.
Since publishing it, I’ve realised I omitted two things from that article:
- How to create a LinkedIn Share button - I have one of my readers, Timo Kiander of Productive Superdad to thank for prompting me about this.
- How to create hyperlinks in PDF footers - when producing my own book, I discovered the hyperlinks I created in Word worked fine when I converted the document to PDF – except for those in the footer.
I’ve figured out the solutions to both of these, so without further ado, here we go:
How to Create a LinkedIn Share Button for Your Ebook
Check out my previous post on social media share buttons for the basic instructions. In order to create a LinkedIn button, you’ll need to source an appropriate image (unless you just want to use a text link). Then create the hyperlink for the image or text using the following formula:
Simply replace the text in red with the url of your own landing page (do NOT leave a space after the equals sign). The link should lead you to something like this:
If the person clicking on the link is not logged in to LinkedIn, they will be asked to do so, and to register for an account if necessary, before being taken to this share box.
How to Make Hyperlinks Work in PDF Footers
Another discovery I made while creating my ebook was that hyperlinks in the footer sections of the Word document disappeared when I converted it to PDF. Links in the main body of the document worked just fine in the PDF version, but the links I’d created in the footer were as dead as the proverbial Dodo. Very annoying!
I’ve found three fixes for this, thanks to a discussion I found on the microsoft community forum about how to create a clickable html link in a pdf footer – a discussion started by none other than my good friend Barry Wells.
If you’re converting a Word document to PDF and want links in the footer section to work, these are your options:
- Use the full url you’re linking to as the link text in the footer, e.g. “http://writeclever.com”. This is my least favourite of the three solutions, because it doesn’t look very pretty – but it’s simple and it does work. Not much good if you want to use an image or logo for the link, though.
- Put the link text or image in a text box inside the footer – the link then works when converted to PDF. This is my second favourite solution – it looks ok, but it’s a bit of a hassle.
- I’ve saved the best until last. Create the link in the footer as you would any other link. Then, when you save the Word document as PDF, select “Options” from the first dialogue box:
The following box will appear:
Untick the box (marked with the red arrow) labelled “Document structure tags for accessibility”. Then click OK and go ahead and save it as a PDF. I don’t have the first clue what structure tags are or why this works, but it does! I’m not sure if this option’s available with all versions of Word – this is from my experience using Word 2010.
This is how I created the links for the footer in my ebook, which looks like this:
If you’re producing an ebook, you may well want to put some attractive links in the footer, so I hope you’ll find this useful.
Over to you:
Do you have any questions about creating ebooks, or tips from your own experience you’d like to share?
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