Custom Metadata in Book Publishing: A Comprehensive Guide

Publishing Panel: Understanding PUBNiTO Custom Metadata – Types, Uses, and Management

In today's digital age, authors, publishers, and retailers face the challenge of making their books stand out among the vast number of publications available. Using custom metadata in book publishing has become a powerful way to tackle this challenge. Custom metadata enhances basic book details by adding extra features and descriptive elements that help make the book easier to find, categorize, and promote.

Understanding Metadata and Custom Metadata in Book Publishing

Metadata shapes how books are organized and found, detailing their title, author, and other key information. Custom metadata enhances this by adding extra details that boost a book's visibility and appeal. It helps with a better online presence, personalized reader experiences, and targeted promotion. Using custom metadata, those in the publishing industry can better compete in the digital market by making their books more discoverable and appealing.

Types of Custom Metadata in PUBNiTO Publishing Panel

Static Metadata

This type adds more details to the basic book information. It's not interactive or searchable, but it helps users understand the book better by providing extra details for display.

Searchable Metadata

This type allows users to interact with and search for specific book content directly from the browser page. It helps users find what they're looking for by letting them click and filter through the book's details based on their needs. 

Rich Metadata

This type provides a detailed and deep look at the book. It includes a dedicated page filled with comprehensive information and other important details. Rich metadata aims to engage users more deeply with the book by offering an immersive and informative experience.

Accessing Custom Metadata

In the Publishing Panel, click on Custom Metadata.

Adding a Custom Metadata Field

1. In the Publishing Panel menu, select Custom Metadata to go to its page.
2. Click Create New Custom Metadata to open a modal where you can input details.
3. Use the Type dropdown to choose the kind of custom metadata you're making, like Static, Searchable, or Rich metadata.
4. In the Language dropdown, pick the language that matches your book's audience.
Note: The system might automatically select a language based on your company's default setting.
5. Enter a clear name for your metadata in the Name field to easily identify and manage it later.
6. Once you've filled in all the details, click Add Custom Metadata to save and create your new metadata entry.

Table of Custom Metadata

After reaching the Custom Metadata page, you'll find a table that helps you manage and see your custom metadata details.

Accessing the Table of Custom Metadata

In the Publishing Panel, click Custom Metadata to go to its page, where you can see any metadata you've created before.

The Options in the Table of Custom Metadata

  1. Show Items: Choose how many entries (10, 25, 50, or 100) to display per page.
  2. Search: Look for specific custom metadata entries; the table updates dynamically with your search results.
  3. Name: Shows the name of each custom piece of metadata, helping you identify it.
  4. Type: Indicates the kind of custom metadata (static, searchable, or rich).
  5. Date: Shows when each custom metadata was created.
  6. Settings:
  1. Deactivation: Turn off custom metadata so it doesn't appear during the book creation process.
  2. Show: View and create values for each custom metadata item and see a detailed table of these values.
  3. Edit: Change the custom metadata's type, language, or name.
  4. Delete: Remove custom metadata from the system permanently.

Deactivating a Custom Metadata

1. In the Publishing Panel, click Custom Metadata to go to its page.
2. Find the custom metadata you want to turn off.
3. Click Deactivate in the last column. A confirmation message will appear.

Activating a Custom Metadata

1. Go to the Custom Metadata page via the Publishing Panel.
2. Find the custom metadata you want to turn on.
3. Click Activate in the last column. A confirmation message will appear.

Editing a Custom Metadata

1. Access the Custom Metadata page from the Publishing Panel.
2. Find and click Edit next to the custom metadata you want to change. This opens the Update Custom Metadata modal.
3. Change the type, language, or name as needed.
4. Click Update Custom Metadata to save changes.
Note: If a value is already set for the custom metadata, you can't change its type.

Deleting a Custom Metadata

1. Visit the Custom Metadata page from the Publishing Panel.
2. Find the custom metadata you want to delete.
3. Click Delete in the last column. The custom metadata will be removed.
Note: If the custom metadata has a defined value, you can't delete it until that value is removed.

Custom Metadata Value

Custom metadata values are specific details linked to a custom metadata entry.

Accessing Custom Metadata Value

1. In the Publishing Panel, click Custom Metadata to go to its page.
2. If you've already created custom metadata, you can view it here.
3. Click Show next to the custom metadata to see its values.

Creating a Custom Metadata Value

1. On the Custom Metadata page, click Show next to the metadata you want to add a value to.
2. This takes you to the Custom Metadata Value page.
3. Click Create a New Custom Metadata Value.
4. For static and searchable metadata, fill in the language and value in the modal.
5. For rich metadata, fill in additional details like Language, Value, Description, Social Media Links (Website, Instagram, Facebook), and Image.
6. Click Add Custom Metadata Value to save.
7. The new value will appear in the table on the Custom Metadata Value page.

Table of Custom Metadata Value

This table helps you manage and view details about your Custom Metadata Values.

Accessing Table of Custom Metadata Value

1. In the Publishing Panel, click Custom Metadata to go to its page.
2. Click Show next to the custom metadata to see its values.
3. If you've created Custom Metadata Values, they'll be listed here.

The Options in the Table of Custom Metadata Value

  1. Show Items: Choose how many entries to display per page (10, 25, 50, or 100).
  2. Search: Find specific Custom Metadata Values using the search bar.
  3. Name: Displays the name of each Custom Metadata.
  4. Number of Usages: Shows how often each value is used across books.
  5. Date: Indicates when each Custom Metadata Value was created.
  6. Settings:
  1. Edit: Change the Custom Metadata Value and language.
  2. Delete: Permanently remove the Custom Metadata Value.

Editing a Custom Metadata Value

1. On the Custom Metadata page, click Show for the value you want to edit.
2. Find the value in the table and click Edit.
3. For static and searchable metadata, update the language and value in the modal.
4. For rich metadata, update the details like Language, Value, Description, Social Media Links (Website, Instagram, Facebook), and Image.
5. Click Update Custom Metadata Value to save changes.

Deleting a Custom Metadata Value

1. On the Custom Metadata page, click Show for the value you want to delete.
2. Find the value in the table and click Delete.
3. Confirm to permanently remove the value.
Note: If the value is used in a book, it can't be deleted until removed by the vendor.
FAQ(s) 

1. What role does custom metadata play in book publishing?
Custom metadata enhances basic book details by adding extra features and descriptive elements, aiding the book's discoverability, categorization, and promotion.

2. What are the different types of custom metadata available in the PUBNiTO Publishing Panel?
  1. Static Metadata: Additional details for better book understanding.
  2. Searchable Metadata: Allows users to interact and search for specific content.
  3. Rich Metadata: Rich Metadata: Provides a dedicated page filled with comprehensive details, offering an immersive and informative experience that delves deeply into the book's content and context.
3. How can I access and create custom metadata in the PUBNiTO Publishing Panel?
  1. Access the Custom Metadata page in the Publishing Panel.
  2. Click 'Create New Custom Metadata' to input details and select metadata type and language.
  3. Click 'Add Custom Metadata' to save and create the new metadata entry.
4. What are Custom Metadata Values and how are they managed?
Custom Metadata Values are specific details linked to a metadata entry. They're managed in a table format with options to edit or delete values.

5. How do I access, create, and manage Custom Metadata Values?
  1. Access the Custom Metadata page in the Publishing Panel.
  2. Click 'Show' next to the metadata to view its values.
  3. Click 'Create a New Custom Metadata Value' to add new values.
  4. Utilize the Table of Custom Metadata Value for managing entries.
6. Can I edit or delete existing Custom Metadata Values?
  1. Editing: Click 'Edit' on the Table of Custom Metadata Value for specific entries.
  2. Deletion: Click 'Delete' to remove values, ensuring they're not in use within a book.
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