It’s time for us to lift the curtain on some major changes here at Pressbooks! We’ve spent a lot of time over the last month doing some much-needed maintenance across the platform, including theme improvements and changes to the user experience for institutions using single-sign on technology. These past weeks also included important work on
Privacy settings for books and chapters on PressBooks are now much easier to manage, since we’ve added controls right on your Text–>Organize page in the PressBooks Admin.
Here’s how it works:
1. Set your books global privacy
If you make your book PRIVATE — then no one can see any of it, unless they are users you have specifically invited (for instance collaborators). In this case, your chapter privacy settings do not matter.
If you make your book PUBLIC — then the book’s home page will be visible to the world (great for promotion), and all chapters that are NOT marked private will be viewable as well.
You can select your book’s privacy settings in the Text–>Organize page in your PressBooks Admin.
2. Privacy settings for chapters
As mentioned above, if your book settings are PRIVATE, there is no need to worry about privacy settings for your chapters. However, if you make your book PUBLIC … then the book’s homepage will appear on the web for all to see, as well as any chapters not checked PRIVATE.
You select your chapter privacy settings by checking the PRIVATE checkbox on the Text–>Organize page in your PressBooks Admin.
Case Study #1:
I’ve published a book, and I would like to promote it:
- I want potential readers to come to the (beautiful!) home page…
- The EPUB and PDF have a whole lot of frontmatter (dedication, introduction etc) — but I just want readers to jump right into the first chapter, without having to click through
- I’d like readers to be able to sample 2 chapters for free.=, but not more.
In order to achieve this I do the following:
- Mark the book as PUBLIC.
- Mark all Frontmatter as PRIVATE (so readers on the web don’t have to see all that, but can instead jump right into the story)
- Make sure the first 2 chapters are NOT marked private (so people can read online)
- Make sure that the remaining chapters ARE marked PRIVATE (so they have to buy to read more!).
See below for settings achieving this:
I can now point people to my lovely book home page on PressBooks:
And when my visitors click on “Read” … they go right to chapter 1: