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Using Beneath the Ink technology, it's easy for authors to embed additional content for readers to access when they choose. These enhancements are called Binks™. Each Bink™ gives readers more insight into the characters, places, concepts, and words that pique their curiosity — without ever leaving their page.

Our Latest Book Featuring Binks

Mistress of France
By Emma Boling

Mistress of France, the first in a planned trilogy centering on the court of Renaissance France and the extraordinary characters that inhabited it. This was a time of three powerful kings— King Francois I of France, King Henry VIII of England and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V who ruled Spain and much of Europe. It is on this stage that the story of young Catherine de Medici and the elegant Diane de Poitiers unfolds— the tale of two women who loved the same man.

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Bink
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An interesting, engaging, piece of adjacent content associated with what you're reading and made available Beneath the Ink.
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Insights

Textual info straight from the brilliant mind of you: the author. This could be information about why you chose a specific name, place or date for a part of your book.

Characters

Using the Beneath The Ink CharacterLook™ tool, you can add custom descriptions for each character in your book. These can vary throughout chapters and are accessible to readers by simply tapping on any character name on any page.

Audio

As a Beneath The Ink author, you will be able to include sound, music and podcast files within your Binks™.

Video

Video files can be made available to your readers within Binks™ and be stored locally or remotely depending on your preference.

Images

Images are perhaps the most effective way to add another dimension to your story. Binks™ allow you to easily provide relevant images to your readers in an easy unobtrusive way.

Etymology

As a Beneath The Ink author you will have access our integrated etymology API, where you can quickly and easily add and customize interesting etymological definitions for words and phrases in your book.

Tell Me More?

This is a great feature that allows your readers to highlight words and phrases in their Beneath The Ink books, and suggest a Bink™. As an author you are provided with real-time feedback around what your readers want to learn more about.

Galleries

Galleries are a place where readers can explore many different types of media in one place. Whether this is pictures, maps, video or diagrams is up to you!

Timeline

This feature is coming soon! Shows readers where they are chronologically in the story, and references what was going on in the world for that date.

Recipes

This feature is coming soon! Quickly and easily search through our database of thousands of recipes and add them to your book.

Digital Jacket Flap

This feature is coming soon! Create a living jacket flap which allows you to keep readers updated with your latest information, publications and news.

Maps

Give your readers geographical context using our Maps tool. Type in a location, and viola! You now have a custom map Bink™ in your book.

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Mistress of France

Catherine began to harbour a frantic hope that he would be true to his word. Perhaps they would let her live a few months more. They rode in silence winding through the streets she knew so well. The heavy relief of Santa Croce loomed before them, the horses' hooves clattering on the stony ground and echoing from the grave edifice as they crossed the piazza. Aldobrandini kept a steady pace, resisting the urge for speed, which might draw curious onlookers at this cold hour.

With dread, Catherine realised they were taking her towards the Palazzo della Signoria. A wave of nausea flushed through her body but she knew she had to force away the paralyzing fear and fight for survival. If she slid from the mule and ran, they would hunt her down in the open space. She had more chance in the narrow streets.

She slipped her feet free, feeling the warmth of the animal's coat through her soft leather boots. The mule tossed his head at her changed grip. She was ready to run for her life.

Her captors turned into another street but one of the men rode up on her right, flanking her so tightly her legs brushed against the bellies of the horses.

Aldobrandini could easily see the outline of her proud profile. The sun had risen and so would the people. He spurred his horse on, tugging at the lead on Catherine's mule, but the citizens of Florence emerged from their homes and the streets soon became a tide of bleary humanity.

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Mistress of France
By Emma Boling

Mistress of France, the first in a planned trilogy centering on the court of Renaissance France and the extraordinary characters that inhabited it. This was a time of three powerful kings— King Francois I of France, King Henry VIII of England and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V who ruled Spain and much of Europe. It is on this stage that the story of young Catherine de Medici and the elegant Diane de Poitiers unfolds— the tale of two women who loved the same man.

Kings of Brighton Beach Episode 1
By D. B Schuster

At fourteen Vlad escaped his violent father and the criminal soup of Brighton Beach. Now, twenty years later, he claims his father’s place in the Russian mob. He plans to ingratiate himself with his father’s former partner, Artur, learn the “business,” and commit a hostile takeover. But Vlad isn’t the only one interested in claiming Artur’s slice of Little Odessa. Vlad’s rivals have no code of honor, and Artur’s daughter, Inna, is discovered in her brother’s own nightclub, raped and drugged, with a gun in her hand and a dead mobster sprawled on top of her. The dead man’s comrades want retribution, blood for blood, but Vlad is convinced the mysterious Inna is innocent and that the real killer has ambitions to start a war in Brighton Beach.

Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson uncover a plot to steal a young woman's fortune in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's third short story published in The Strand Magazine. Holmes cleverly outwits this identity thief, but he concludes this latest case in surprising and unconventional ways. Beneath the Ink enhances this beloved text with engaging and compelling material. Character insight, locations, and background all provide readers a memorable experience whilst they read this Beneath the Ink enhanced eBook.

A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens

Dr. Elliot Engel has spent his forty-year academic career studying and teaching Dickens. In this first ever Beneath The Ink enhanced edition of A Christmas Carol Engel provides insight and understanding into the genius behind this classic work. Delve into the text to learn the origins and meaning behind many of the classic words and phrases, explore the story behind the story with insights into key characters and even unlock Dickens' own recipe for Smoking Bishop.

Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed League
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes short story to be published in The Strand Magazine. Devious criminals dupe a shop owner into surrendering his business while they work on executing a heist. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson work together to expose and stop the conning criminals. Beneath the Ink's technology enhances this text and features a brilliant character cloud as well as other compelling features.

Christy Powell Adventures: Rome
By Christy Powell

Once a year we try to get The Italian back to the Homeland. It is important for him to be among his people, blow the roof off his gluten intolerance, absorb "a globally superior culture" and, most of all, be spoilt rotten by his mother. So we pack our bags, dress the children head to toe in linen outfits and head to Rome for our annual summer holiday.

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This adventure is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first short story featuring Sherlock Holmes. It was originally published in The Strand Magazine. It involves dealings with a cunning opponent of Holmes, Irene Adler. She cleverly blackmails a royal member of the Kingdom of Bohemia. The Beneath the Ink edition features rich enhancements nestled within this exciting adventure.

Mistress of France
By Emma Boling

Mistress of France, the first in a planned trilogy centering on the court of Renaissance France and the extraordinary characters that inhabited it. This was a time of three…

Kings of Brighton Beach Episode 1
By D. B Schuster

At fourteen Vlad escaped his violent father and the criminal soup of Brighton Beach. Now, twenty years later, he claims his father’s place in the Russian mob. He plans to…

Sherlock Holmes: A Case of Identity
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson uncover a plot to steal a young woman's fortune in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's third short story published in The Strand Magazine. Holmes cleverly…

A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens

Dr. Elliot Engel has spent his forty-year academic career studying and teaching Dickens. In this first ever Beneath The Ink enhanced edition of A Christmas Carol Engel provides…

Sherlock Holmes and the Red-Headed League
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes short story to be published in The Strand Magazine. Devious criminals dupe a shop owner into surrendering his business…

Christy Powell Adventures: Rome
By Christy Powell

Once a year we try to get The Italian back to the Homeland. It is important for him to be among his people, blow the roof off his gluten intolerance, absorb "a globally superior…

Sherlock Holmes: A Scandal in Bohemia
By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This adventure is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first short story featuring Sherlock Holmes. It was originally published in The Strand Magazine. It involves dealings with a cunning…

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Yes, we can take care of getting your book on the electronic shelves of the major distribution channels. You pick which ones you'd like to target and we handle the rest. If for any reason you prefer to handle distribution on your own, we will produce a contract and payment schedule for our revenue share.

Can you help me find content for enhancements?

Our platform offers many great resources such as a dictionary of historical definitions, Maps, and an image database that you can use to enhance your book. We also offer full-service treatment of your book, in which a member of our team will Bink™ your book for you. See our pricing page for details.

Do I still own the digital rights to my book?

Of course: it's your book and your Binks™, always.

Will my enhanced content respect 3rd-party copyrights?

We have taken special care to ensure that all the 3rd-party content generated from our tools is completely free to use by all of our authors. Of course any user generated content, such as uploaded images, videos and even text, isn't subject to the same agreements and it is up to you to make sure you have the rights to add that content.

Do I need to be technically savvy to use your software?

Absolutely not. Our platform is designed to be just as easy for neophytes as it is for technophiles. Adding a Bink™ to your book is just as easy as highlighting a word. We also have full-time staff here to answer any questions you may have.

In what formats can I upload my book?

Every book we import into our system is handled by real humans to ensure consistency with our tools. As such, we can accept almost any format for conversion. The most common formats we receive are ePub, Word, PDF, RTF and Markdown. For exceptionally complex books, we may recommend professional conversion from eBook Architects.

What eBook formats do you distribute in?

We can export a book from our system in a variety of formats, the most common being ePub and Mobi. We can also export in our browser based format, WebBook™.

What devices does your enhanced content work on?

Our enhancements work on all devices running the current versions of Kindle, iBooks, Nook and Kobo. Our technology is built on the ePub 2 and 3 standard, so any compatible eReader will work. We have also recently released WebBook™, an eReader that works in every modern browser. Check out our demo!

How does your enhanced content impact the file size of my eBook?

The actual "brains" behind Beneath The Ink books is very small (typically less than 10% of the original file size) but any media files that are added to the book (images, audio, video) will increase the book size proportionally. We are aware of the distribution constraints around file size, and work hard to make sure you are getting the most out of each sale of your book.