Phillip Vannini is a professor at Royal Roads University and in 2006 he began doing research on ferry-dependence on island and coastal communities of the west coast. Five years, 400 interviews and 250 ferry rides later, Vannini is about to release \"Ferry Tales: Mobility, Place, and Time on Canada\'s West Coast.\" The book will be available Jan. 13, 2012 in both traditional form and hypermedia - using digital technologies to capture stories in a richer, multimodal way. With \"Ferry Tales\", Vannini hopes to trigger an understanding that our ferry systems are our highways, driveways and doors to our homes. All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to two non-profit organizations operating on Gabriola Island - the island he calls home.