Prepare for Publication

60 Fill Out the Book Info Page

Last update: May 13/22

The Book Info page is where you will enter all of the metadata for the book. Pressbooks will use the information added to the Book Info page to generate a number of automatic pages and statements in webbook and export formats.

Pressbooks icon.See Book Info and Automatic Pages and Export-Only Content in the Pressbooks User Guide.

More information

  • The author and copyright holder for a book are not always the same. However, Pressbooks creates the licensing statement based on information entered into the “Copyright Holder” field. As such, when the author is different from the copyright holder, the copyright holder field should be left blank.
  • Information entered in the ISBN fields does not appear in the PDF files. A work around is to add this information to the “Copyright Notice” field.
  • Information about who holds copyright should be added to the “Copyright Notice” field to ensure it appears in all formats (see the below template for suggested language).

What to include in the “Copyright Notice” field

See below for suggested language to use in the “Copyright Notice” field on the Book Info page for both a new and adapted open textbook.

There are lots of different information that you can add to the “Copyright Notice” field in Pressbooks. It is fully customizable. We should suggest including the following:

  • The year the resource was published
  • The copyright holder of the work
  • The description of the terms of the licence
  • A description of how to attribute the resource’s creator(s)
  • An example of how to cite the resource
  • An attribution statement for the image used on the textbook’s cover, including links to the image’s source and creator’s home page (if available) and a description of the licence under which the image has been released

Copyright notice for a new open textbook

Here is a sample:

© Year Copyright Holder

The Creative Commons licence permits you to retain, reuse, copy, redistribute, and revise this book—in whole or in part—for free providing the author is attributed as follows:

Name of Textbook by Name of Author is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

Sample APA-style citation (7th Edition):
Lastname, F. M., & Lastname F. M. (Year). Title of book in sentence case. Publisher. URL

Cover image attribution:
Name of Image by Name of Creator is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

Copyright notice for an adapted open textbook

The copyright notice for an open textbook that is adapted is similar to that for an original textbook, with a few exceptions. Items to add are:

  • Information about the original resource, including title, author, copyright holder, publish year, and licence.
  • Information about how the resource has been adapted.

© Year Copyright Holder

Title of Adapted Resource is an adaptation of Name of Original Resource by Original Author and © Original Copyright Holder, which is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

This adaptation includes the following changes and additions which are © Year by Adapting Author(s) and are licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence:

[Insert list of changes or link to where those changes are described.]

The Creative Commons licence permits you to retain, reuse, copy, redistribute, and revise this book—in whole or in part—for free providing the author is attributed as follows:

Name of Textbook by Name of Author is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

Sample APA-style citation (7th Edition):
Lastname, F. M., & Lastname F. M. (Year). Title of book in sentence case. Publisher. URL

Cover image attribution:
Name of Image by Name of Creator is licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.

Chapter metadata

Pressbooks icon.To customize the author or licence of a specific chapter, see Chapter Metadata in the Pressbooks User Guide.

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License

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