Scholarly ebook production today typically involves a lot of manual work: there are times when a production editor is cobbling together files, images and other sources in a way that’s inefficiently artisanal.
Enter the “Automagic Book Builder,” one of the standout features in Editoria 1.1. The feature was designed by Kate Warne and Cindy Fulton, two production editors at UCPress, and built by Coko developer Yannis Barlas.
“This feature means that a production editor can simply ‘point’ Editoria at a directory of MS Word files, which is what they are used to working with, press ‘upload’ and the book will be built for them in the correct structure,” says Coko co-founder Adam Hyde.
This “magic” is part of the Editoria design philosophy that helps publishers move their book production workflow from the desktop and into the web with minimal fuss.
Also coming in Editoria 1.1 is a diacritics interface. Also designed by a UCPress staff member — Juliana Froggatt — and built by Coko dev Christos Kokosias. Often copy editors browse Wikipedia to find the special characters they need, then copy and paste them into a book. Now, instead of stopping their workflow, editors will be able to search for and assign those characters (whether they are umlauts, cedillas or em dashes) from an interface inside the Editoria editor. (Similar approaches are typically missing a search interface.)
“It’s a small thing, but an example of how we’re invested in a thoughtful approach to systems design,” Hyde says. “It’s these subtleties that make Editoria speak more to publishing houses and the inner workings of what they do.”
You can read more about these upcoming features over on his blog and stay tuned for more on Editoria 1.1.