Towards Editoria 1.0

We are approaching Editoria 1.0. Here is a quick insight into how it all fits together.

First of all there are basically 3 modules (so far) that comprise the system – the Dashboard, the Book Builder, and the Editor.

The Dashboard

The Editoria Dashboard displays the books that you are working on.


On the Dashboard you can do the following operations:

  1. Add a book
  2. Rename a book
  3. Edit a book
  4. Delete a book

The following short video demonstrates these actions (I recommend clicking on the icon at the bottom right to view the video fullscreen).

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Book Builder

The Book Builder module is so named because this is how you ‘build a book’. When you first create a book from the Dashboard and click ‘edit’ you will see the default display of the new book.


You will notice there are empty Divisions – Front Matter, Body, and Back Matter. To these you can add new Components. Components can be either Parts or Chapters (note, we follow naming conventions from the Chicago Manual of Style where possible).

Front Matter and Back Matter components can be called anything you wish or you may select from a default list comprising of items such as Table of Contents, Preface, Introduction (Front Matter) or Appendix A, Glossary etc (Back Matter).

The Body components are not selected from a default list since these are the titles of the Chapters and Parts of the book you are working on

Using the Book Builder you can build up the structure of the book as shown in this short demonstration video.

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The Book Builder also enables you to:

  1. Set the status for any component (this also effects access permissions)
  2. Set the pagination-break rule per component (left/right breaking page)
  3. Delete a component
  4. Rename a component
  5. Edit a component

We’ll cover these in a later post. One additional feature that is important to cover however is the uploading of Microsoft Word files into the system. Editoria supports uploading a docx file into a component. The content is converted automatically into HTML and loaded into the system.

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The Editor

We have built a very special editor for Editoria. This is designed by the University of California Press staff to reflect how production staff ‘think’ about content, and supports scholarly publishing workflows for preparing a text for publishing.


This editor is very sophisticated and can be customized to meet the needs of different publishers. Currently the features include:

  1. Adding / removing inline styles (Italics, superscript etc)
  2. Source notes
  3. Track Changes
  4. Annotations (commenting), including replying, resolving etc
  5. Notes management (with track changes and commenting)
  6. Independently scrolling notes panel
  7. Block Styling (headings, lists, prose/poetry styles etc)
  8. Image placement
  9. Undo/redo
  10. Linking

The following brief demonstration video illustrates some of these features in action.

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Collaboration Support

Editoria supports collaboration. The model we have chosen to support for this upcoming release is a component lock paradigm. This means no two people can edit the same component at the same time. Hence, if one person is editing the Introduction, then they have the lock on that content until they are end their editing session.

To support this type of collaboration we have synchronized component locks and other items on the Book Builder. You can see this in action in the following demonstration video (changes on left mirrored on right).

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Additional Features

In addition to the above there are other major features which we will demonstrate another time, including:

  1. Team management (role based)
  2. Access permissions
  3. Export to EPUB

Where to Get Editoria

Editoria is 100% free. It is open source (MIT license). Editoria is a web-based platform which means you need to install it on a server and access it through your browser. If you know someone that can do this then the can find the latest source code here:

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