Basic vs. Advanced Books: Choose the Right Type

Vendor Panel: Understanding Basic and Advanced Books in PUBNiTO

Understanding the distinctions between Basic and Advanced book types in PUBNiTO is essential for authors and publishers who seek to optimize their content delivery. Understanding these distinctions allows publishers and authors to choose the book type that best suits their content and audience, whether it is the simplicity of Basic or the versatility and security of Advanced.

Basic Book

Definition: Basic books offer simple protection measures for digital content. They are accessible online via various applications and web readers. Basic books are suitable for open-access publications.

Format: Basic books are only available in the EPUB3 format.

Cloning: Basic books do not support cloning or creating new books with different features from an existing book.

Access: Basic books can be accessed online both via web readers and various applications.

Protection Level: They provide a standard (simple) level of content protection.

Multitype Book (Variety of Presentation and Grouping Capability): Multitype books are not supported for Basic books. If you wish to publish different versions of the same book, it will not be on the same store page, and each version will have its own page separately.

Advanced Book

Definition: An Advanced book is a more versatile and secure type of digital publication designed to cater to various reader preferences.

Formats: Advanced books are available in multiple formats, including EPUB3, PDF, and audiobooks, accommodating more reader preferences.

Cloning: If you create an advanced book, you can later clone it and make new books based on it. This later on allows you to make multi-type books.
Note: Cloning allows for the creation of a new book while preserving the metadata from the source book without duplicating the actual book file. This enables presenting all cloned books, along with the sourcebook, on a single store page.
Access: Because of their high protection, these books are only available via the applications.

Protection Level: They offer the highest level of content protection, ensuring the security of valuable digital assets.

Multitype Book (Variety of Presentation and Grouping Capability): Advanced books offer versatile presentation options such as fixed layout, reflowable layout, and interactive modes. These different modes can be grouped together on a single storefront page, providing a unified and seamless display for your audience.
Multitype books are a versatile category that offer different modes and features to cater to various reader preferences.

Some examples are:
Mathematics Multitype Book: Take, for instance, a mathematics textbook. This particular book can be transformed into multiple formats to suit the readers' needs.

Reflowable Layout: The reflowable version of the mathematics book is ideal for those who prefer flexibility in font size, etc. Readers can adjust the text to their liking, making it more accessible and comfortable to read on various devices, from smartphones to e-readers.

Fixed Layout: Conversely, the fixed layout of the mathematics book maintains the precise layout and formatting of the printed version. It is an excellent choice for readers who want to retain the original structure of the textbook, ensuring that diagrams and equations are faithfully reproduced.

Interactive: The third version of this mathematics book is enriched with interactive elements. It includes features such as embedded videos, interactive quizzes, and 3D models. This type engages readers with a dynamic learning experience, making it perfect for students who thrive on multimedia engagement. 

A GIF image showing Book Format, Book Type, and Book License as Options in an Advanced Book Advanced books let you group many books under one title, making it easy for users to find what they need. Each book format and type can have distinct pricing, rental choices, and specific details. The example is an ePUB book format with various types like interactive, fixed, and reflowable books.

All these variations of the mathematics book are presented side by side on a single store page, allowing users to pick the format that best suits their individual needs and preferences. Whether you are a student looking for flexible studying options, a purist who values the book's original layout, or someone who thrives on interactivity, the multitype mathematics book caters to everyone's distinct learning style.

Comparison Table


Basic Book

Advanced Book

Formats Available

EPUB3 only

EPUB3, PDF, and Audiobook

Cloning Support

Not supported

Supported, enabling the creation of new books on an existing Advanced book.


Online through web readers and applications.

Exclusive access through applications.

Multitype Book

Not applicable

Advanced books offer the capability to group multiple modes, including fixed layout, reflowable layout, interactive modes, etc., on a single store page for a seamless exploring and displaying experience.

Protection Level


Highest level of content protection.


1. How do Basic and Advanced book types differ in available formats?
  1. Basic Book (EPUB3): Accessible via web readers and applications. Limited to EPUB3 format. Standard protection.
  2. Advanced Book (EPUB3, PDF, Audiobook): Exclusive access via applications. Offers EPUB3, PDF, and Audiobook formats. Advanced protection.
2. What's the difference in content protection between Basic and Advanced books?
  1. Basic Book: Standard protection, suitable for open-access.
  2. Advanced Book: Highest content security, exclusive app access.
3. When would one prefer Basic over Advanced book types?
Basic Book Preference:
  1. Open-access content.
  2. Simplicity without multiple formats.
  3. Access across web reader (browser).
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