Philosophy of Mind [ed: Heather Salazar]

Thanks, Nate!

@apurva, we’re just about ready to publish. I was going to do the exports and realized the export page has a list of “supported formats” and “other formats.” Should I do exports in all of them? In the Introduction to the Series section we do talk about some of the “other formats,” like PB and WP XML, open office, and common cartridge. So I’m guessing I should export in all of the formats?

I did export in all of the supported formats, so you should have the PDF page count now (looks like 97). And the ToC on the PDF looks good to me now!

That’s amazing news! As for the formats, I’d suggest exporting all the formats expect EPUB3 and HTMLBook (as these are still in beta). With the other formats, we give readers the option of reading on the web, in their LMS with the Common Cartridge 1.1 (web links) format, via editable formats like XHTML, ODT, XML, or EPUB, or offline too with PDF, MOBI.

I’ll note that the Pressbooks team has just given me a small update on the licensing statement at the chapter level. It looks like they’ve updated a feature, so if you select the appropriate license for a chapter in the chapter metadata (even if this is the same as the global license) and enter the corresponding chapter author, the license statement for this chapter in the webbook should display as “[Chapter Title] by [Chapter Author] licensed [selected license].” This was I think the desired behaviour on our end, though there’s a need to re-enter the CC BY license in each chapter’s metadata. If you wanted, you could apply this change before pulling the final exports. I’ve enquired to find out whether this change will affect other formats too — I don’t think it will, but of course wanted to confirm with the Pressbooks team!

Thank you for the final print PDF page count. I’ll re-calculate the dimensions for the print cover, and pass it along to Jonathan!

Quick note that I’ll be out of office next week, but if you did want to keep moving on this book in the meantime, @zoe or @LeighKP will be more than happy to help with anything you need! :smiley:

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Thanks, @apurva! I have changed the chapters and relevant frontmatter & backmatter sections accordingly so that the correct authors and titles of the sections are listed.

@Zoe: There is a section in the book called “Accessibility Assessment” that is written from the perspective of the Rebus Community. I’d like to include the correct author on that section (right now it doesn’t have an author). Who would be the right person to list as author?

Hey @christina.hendricks :slight_smile: You could just put “Rebus Community” as the author, but if you do want a personal face to it, go with Apurva (Ashok) as the RC rep on the project. So exciting to see this coming together! Let me know if anything else comes up.

Thanks @Zoe! I have added @apurva as the author for that section.

One thing I noticed when doing all the exports is that the PDF exports now have, on the ToC if you look at the table of the sections, not only the titles of the sections & chapters but now the author’s names as sub-sections. See screenshot below.

This is not a huge deal, but I know that @apurva was working with the PB team on accessibility with PDFs with this issue, so thought I’d note it here. I’m going to go ahead with the PDF exports as is for now b/c they are at least accessible, though I don’t think the author’s names need to be sub-sections on the PDF ToC’s.

Also, on the .odt export there is some weirdness in the formatting (and URLs don’t seem to come through if one opens the odt doc in MS Word). But I’m guessing that since the odt is not part of the “supported formats” export list that things aren’t going to work exactly as one wants! :slight_smile:

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Yea, once you add an author at the chapter level, the names do appear on the TOC - they’re not subsections (they’re marked up properly as chapter-author) but they are styled similarly. I’ve been poking around to see if there’s an option to remove them all, but not having any luck. I might be able to hide them all with a bit of CSS, but up to you whether it’s worth it.

With .odt, you’re correct in thinking it won’t work exactly how we’d like, I’m afraid! It’s always been a bit of an odd one, and it’s difficult for the PB team to improve on given the weirdness of the format & Word etc. There are other options for editable formats, at least (and even good old copy-paste if someone really wants to be working in Word).

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Hi @Zoe and @LeighKP: the Philosophy of Mind book is all ready! I think there is a blog post ready to go about it that I wrote awhile ago?

I just have one more question at the moment: I went to https://press.rebus.community/catalog/christinahendrickshttps://press.rebus.community/catalog/christinahendrickse, and the author shows as Eran Asoulin, which is the first name in the list of many authors, but the way it looks on the catalogue page, Eran is the only author. Is there a way to change this to possibly the book editor, or the list of authors, or something that doesn’t make it look like he is the author of the whole book?

Woooo! That’s amazing news!! HUGE congrats to you and the team :grin: :tada:

I do believe we have that blog post around somewhere… I’ll coordinate with @LeighKP and @apurva to get it up, and I’m sure Leigh will chime in here with a few other thoughts on promo’ing the release.

With regard to the catalogue page you linked to, I don’t believe it’s possible to change this, but no one will see this page unless you link to it deliberately (it’s your user catalogue, which isn’t a widely used feature). When we make the book visible in the Rebus Press catalogue, there’s no author name on the catalogue card. Were you planning to use that link specifically for anything?

Thanks, @zoe. I was thinking it would be a good place to send people if I want to show them a list of all the books in the series. Or is there another way to do that?

Oh, and one other question, @zoe: Is there a way to get the book editor’s name on the info at the top of the book page? The only place one can see the editor’s name is on the cover (and I just added it into the book description at the bottom of the book page too).

I know we had to get rid of the custom title page, which had the editors’ info on it, because it caused an accessibility problem with the PDF export (noted in the threads above). That would have been another place to note the editors’ names. And now that I think about this again, I wonder if the option that @apurva notes above (copied below) to keep the custom title page but take it out of the bookmarks bar in the PDF might be better. That way the title page clearly lists the editors’ names. Would you be able to help me with that option? I would have to re-create the custom title page but I think I can figure out how to do that again…

Hi Christina,

This is such fabulous news! I have your blog post ready to go and share it today if that’s alright with you. We’ll also announce in the upcoming newsletter. Finally, I will create a Twitter card to draw the eye to any tweets about the book. I’ll send you the .png file of the Twitter card, so that you can use it too.

Congrats on the release!

Ahaaaa, very good point. I’m still not confident we’d be able to remove the author name, unfortunately (it would require PB to make a change that I don’t think they’d want to). We can either deal with the author name being there or find some other way to showcase the collection - maybe on the project homepage. Will think on it.

As for getting the editors’ name more prominent on the book homepage, I have a slightly hacky solution to do so, that I believe would also get the editors’ names on the title page. I’d like to avoid going back to the custom title page if possible as it’s a more brittle solution.

With what I have in mind, we would add “Heather Salazar (Editor)” and “Christina Hendricks (Series Editor)” to the author list so that they show along with the author names. This shouldn’t affect your names anywhere else (e.g. on the introductions/front matter) as we’d create two separate contributors. Let me know what you think and I can try it out.

I think let’s try the hacky solution if the custom title page isn’t very robust. Thanks for the help!

As for the catalogue page, let’s go ahead and find some other way to showcase the series. Not a big deal yet since, well, there is only one book published so far! :slight_smile:

Thanks for your help, Zoe!

Ok great! I’ve put the editor names in place as I think you want them, but let me know if any adjustments are needed (I can change the order etc.). The change is visible on the book homepage, of course, and I’ve re-exported the two PDFs. If you would like it on any other formats, just say the word!

Hopefully the need for that showcase comes sooner rather than later! Keep in touch about it, we’ll work with you on a solution.

Always here to help :slight_smile:

I would also recommend posting a note in our New Releases section–just something short about the release and your plans for the future.

The New Releases section is a great archive of these celebratory announcements, and it’s just one more channel through which people encounter open textbooks. :rocket:

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@christina.hendricks — huge congratulations to you, @heathersalazarom, and the rest of the team! :tada:

I’m so excited to hear that the book is released! This project has been years in the making, and this is such a big milestone and accomplishment. I hope you and everyone else involved is feeling very proud. I sure am! :smiley:

Could you possibly clarify that the changes @zoe has made most recently to the PDFs are okay? Following this, I can submit the book to major OER repositories (OT Library, MERLOT, OER Commons, BCcampus Open Textbook Library), and coordinate with Jonathan about the final print-on-demand (POD) cover to set up the book in POD too. I can keep you posted once this is set up, and share all the relevant links here so you can include it on the book homepage.

I suppose with all this done, it’s only a matter of sharing this news with the rest of the team, and asking them to spread the word so people can begin reading and using the book! :smiley:

I just took a quick look at the PDFs and the top section of the book web page and the listing of Heather and I as editors looks fine. Thanks @Zoe!

So @apurva, I think we can go ahead with finalizing the POD and sending the book to the repositories!

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You’re more than welcome, Christina! Glad it all meets with your approval :smile:

Excellent! Thanks for confirming. I’ll keep you posted on how I get on with the repository submissions and POD setup!

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I’ve submitted the book to the following repositories: Open Textbook Library, OER Commons, MERLOT, and BCcampus Open Textbook Collection. Each submission will be reviewed in the next few days/weeks, following which the resource should be discoverable!

I’ve also been in touch with Jonathan about the print cover, which we can hopefully finalize soon before setting up the book in POD. :slight_smile:

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