Booktype for Authors and Publishers

Importing a Book

Books can be imported from several sources, Archive.org, Booktype and epub files. In this chapter we go through each of these scenarios.

To import a book visit your Dashboard and click on the My Books tab. Click on the Import Book button.

A pop-up box will appear with import options:

 

Choose the desired import type and enter the appropriate ID or URL as described. 

Note: When importing text into Booktype from it's respective locations and formats it is important to note that the document structure may not be a part of the source file. This would leave the entire text in a single chapter which will need to be broken up into its individual chapters and Sections once in Booktype.

Archive.org

The Internet Archive (http://www.archive.org) is a non-profit digital library storing digitised collections of websites, music, moving images, software and books. With its stated mission of "universal access to all knowledge.", its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

On your My Books tab click on Import Book and select Import Archive.org book from the drop-down list, enter the Archive.org ID and press Import. The Archive id can be found in the Identifier field under the Selected metadata section at the bottom of the text's page on Archive.org.

Once the process has finished the imported book will be added to the list of books on your My Books page and Dashboard.

ePub

ePub, short for Electronic Publication is an open standard e-book format, that has the ability to optimise the text display for whichever device is viewing the book. ePub documents can be read by several different devices, including the Kindle, iPhone, iPad and any computer with ePub reading Software installed. Booki has the ability to import any document in ePub format.

NOTE: although ePub is an open format, not all books available in ePub format have open licences. Therefore, care needs to be taken when choosing to import an ePub document to ensure that it contains a permissive copyright.

  • Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/) is a good place to start looking for openly licensed books in ePub format. It is an organisation dedicated to making books freely available in forms the vast majority of users, hardware and software can easily read, use, quote and search.

To import an ePub document, first you need to get the url for the ePub book, then copy it's location. Then on your My Books tab click on Import Book select Import epub from the drop-down list. Paste the ePub URL into the enter epub URL text box and click on Import.

Once the process has finished the imported book will be added to the list of books on your My Books and Dashboard.

Import Booktype Book

It is possible to import books from other Booktype installations. Using this process you can also clone or copy entire books from the same Booktype installation - the process is the same. First you need to get the URL for the book, then copy it's location. Then on your My Books tab click on Import Book select Copy or import Booktype book from the drop-down list. Paste the URL into the text box and click Import.

Once the process has finished the imported book will be added to the list of books on your My Books and Dashboard.