Simple eText Production User Manual

Simple eText Production User Manual
Table of Contents
Overview3
1 Get Started
4
Introduction to the eText workflow
4
eText Production Tools and Process 5
2 Request Conversion
6
3 Assemble and Prepare Source Files for Simple eText Ingestion
7
Complete Custom TOC Spreadsheet
7
Gather Book PDFs
8
Gather Art Assets
8
4 Create Folders and Change Permissions
9
Create Folders within the FTP Server
9
Manage Folder Permissions
11
5 Initiate Ingestion with the Simple eBook Workflow
15
6 Update the Title Metadata
20
7 Validate the eText
24
8 Launch the Content Manager Preview
27
9 Replace Selected Pages
30
10 Upload to the Authoring Server
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Last Updated: April 25, 2013
11 Review the eText in the Authoring Server
42
12 Begin First Corrections
50
Create a Self-Derivative
50
Export to MS Excel
54
Merge Additional Content
57
Ingest the CustomHotspot.xls spreadsheet
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Ingest the CustomBasket.xls spreadsheet
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13 Appendix: eText Resources
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Overview
BACKGROUND
Pearson offers several types of eBooks, all of which effectively convey
the content of a printed book. eBooks are created for platforms like
CourseSmart, Kindle titles, Nook books, iBooks, Web-based PDF
versions, etc. The main difference between the platforms is format. Some
eBooks are offered in a reflowable format, such as ePub (electronic
Publication), which can be read on Amazon’s Kindle device. Other
eBook formats maintain fidelity to the original printed page; this category
of eBook includes CourseSmart, uPDF (Universal PDF), and the Pearson
eText platform.
The eText is a Web-based engine developed and owned by Pearson.In
addition to displaying a visual representation of the book pages,the eText
format allows us to provide some custom navigation options,and give
users the ability to highlight and take notes on the content. In addition,
there is an instructor view that allows instructors to make notes and share
them with their students. The eText also offers multiple scenarios for final
delivery.
PURPOSE
This manual is a workflow guide that explains an end to end
Simple eText production process, using high resolution book PDFs
and various spreadsheets in the absence of XML, to produce high
quality digital content.
RESULT
An eText title is published through one or more integration scenarios.
CONDITION
Access to the various tools and resources involved in the eText
production process is necessary.
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1 Get Started
Introduction to the eText workflow
There are two approaches to eText production:
1 Standard eText
Note
Fo more information
on Standard eText
workflow, refer to
the Standard eText
Production Manual.
2 Simple eText
NOTE Deciding which workflow to use depends primarily on whether
XID-tagged XML is available for processing and ingestion.
Simple eText
The Simple eText workflow was developed to provide an alternative way of
producing an eText when the book production files haven’t been tagged with
ETMv2 or XID, and therefore usable XML isn’t available. Sometimes when the
tagged XML of older legacy titles won’t process correctly, the Simple eBook
workflow is used. In this workflow, the essential table of contents information is
provided through a formatted MS Excel spreadsheet, instead of XML, that lists
the various entries and associated PDF files.
Quick Tip
Standard eText
Use this workflow if XIDtagged XML is available
for processing and
ingestion.
Simple eText
Use this workflow if the
XML is not available, or
if too many issues are
encountered with the
XML during processing
The Simple eText workflow uses
• Required Table of Contents spreadsheet
• Optional Basket, Glossary, Hotspot or Audio spreadsheets
• High-resolution printer PDFs
• Required cover, thumbnail and navigation bar artwork
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eText Production Tools and Process
The Pearson eText system includes four components:
• Content Manager FTP server
• Content Manager Application
• Authoring Application
• Viewer Application
More Info
Various resources are
available for eText
production. Refer to
the Appendix: eText
Resources for links to
guidelines, spreadsheet
templates, and other
resources. (These will
soon move
to Neo).
Production of an eText involves several tools and resources that incorporate
numerous bits of information related to the title. This process is termed as
‘Ingestion’. During eText ingestion, hi-res printer PDFs and other files are
uploaded to the Content Manager FTP server, where they are processed to
generate a set of high-resolution SWFs for use with the eText Viewer, and a
set of thumbnail images that will be used to display search results. The PDFs
are also processed to extract the text contents of every page, which is then
distilled to become a keyword database for that eText.
In addition, a set of highly-optimized, lower-resolution PDFs are generated
for use with Pearson’s eText mobile apps. Finally, for those eTexts that will be
used in conjunction with the Pearson eText Digital Library (DL), the Content
Manager can generate the various DL assets
NOTE Creating an eText requires separate accounts for the Content
Manager FTP server, as well as the Content Manager and Authoring
applications.
Get Started
Quick Tip
Contact
Ann.Sullivan@
pearson.com or Tyler.
Suydam@pearson.
com for accounts to the
Content Manager FTP
server and the Content
Manager and Authoring
applications.
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2 Request Conversion
Once an eText project has been initiated, you must complete the eText File
Conversion Request form to begin the eText production process.
1
2
To request conversion, launch your browser, and then navigate
to the eText Conversion Request form:
http://etextdb.pearsoncmg.com/etextdb/eTextConversionRequestHE
The HED/INTL eText Conversion Request form displays. Complete the
button.
form, and then click the
Note
Data from this form
automatically feeds
into a CMS eText
database, which
allows CMS to track
each eText project that
enters the eText system.
For more information,
visit Neo at:
https://neo.pearson.
com/docs/DOC-66226
Quick Tip
Required fields are
in red.
NOTE After successful form submission, a confirmation email is sent
to all addresses provided in the form. If an email is not received, then
the person who submitted the form should contact Ann Sullivan (Ann.
Sullivan@pearson.com or Tyler Suydam (Tyler.Suydam@pearson.com)
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3 Assemble and Prepare Source Files
for Simple eText Ingestion
Prior to beginning eText production, the various required PDF and artwork
files should be gathered, and the required TOC spreadsheet completed.
Complete Custom TOC Spreadsheet
When the Simple eText workflow will be used to produce an eText, the Custom
Table of Contents spreadsheet must be completed, listing all of the PDF files
that will be ingested, and the table of contents entries associated with them.
1
2
Download the most recent version of the CustomTOC spreadsheet,
guidelines for entering the information, and a complete example at:
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/cmg/intranet/ebookplus/spreadsheet.html
More Info
For more information,
refer to:
https://neo.pearson.
com/docs/DOC-66569
Complete the first sheet of the Custom TOC spreadsheet according to the
downloaded guidelines, listing all of the PDF files of the book, along with
associated table of contents entries for those files and the page ranges
each file contains.
NOTE Since the spreadsheets and instructions are subject to updates as
new features are added to the eText system, it’s always best to download
the most recent versions at the beginning of each project.
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Gather Book PDFs
1
Gather the high-resolution book PDFs.
2
Ensure that the PDFs adhere to the eText PDF Guidelines, located at:
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/cmg/intranet/ebookplus/eText_PDF_
guidelines.pdf.
More Info
For more information,
refer to:
https://neo.pearson.
com/docs/DOC-66199
NOTE If the book is a 2-color book, the CYAN color that’s often used to
indicate a second color in the PDFs must be changed to the appropriate
Pantone Color in CMYK.
Gather Art Assets
From the high-resolution cover PDF, the following art assets are created for
the eText: cover, thumbnail and navigation bar artwork files. Custom icons
used for hotspot/linking may also need to be created, if the eText will contain
hotspots.
1
2
Create the art assets. Refer to the eText Art Assets Guidelines at:
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/cmg/intranet/ebookplus/eText_Art_
Asset_guidelines.pdf
More Info
For more information,
refer to:
https://neo.pearson.
com/docs/DOC-66199
Create and/or gather custom icons, if applicable. For more info, refer to:
http://kb.pearsoned.com/webx?13@510.NbRcau9FsOe.162
@.4ae1c703/0
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4 Create Folders and Change Permissions
Create Folders within the FTP Server
The eText Content Manager FTP server uses Secure File Transfer Protocol
(SFTP) which requires use of an FTP client that supports the SFTP protocol. In
preparation for eText ingestion, PDFs and other files are uploaded to a folder
structure created on the server, and folder permissions must be set correctly.
1
Using an FTP client, log into the Content Manager FTP server at:
sftp://ftp.ebookcm.pearsoncmg.com
a Select the SFTP protocol.
b Enter the server address in the Server text box:
(ftp.ebookcm.pearsoncmg.com)
c Type in your access credentials.
d Click on the Connect button to login.
a
b
c
d
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2
3
Navigate to the appropriate area of the Simple ebook directory based
on the business unit, sub-business unit and directory appropriate for
the eText’s discipline. Then create the enclosing parent folder, uniquely
naming it with the etext ISBN, or the eText ISBN and the author name,
separated by an underscore (0123456789_authorname or some other
unique identifier, such as ca_iscitechgr8_te_on.)
Note
Create sub-folders within the enclosing parent folder.
Quick Tip
a Create an ingest folder.
The folder/filenames
on the server are
case-sensitive.
b Inside the ingest folder, create an assets folder and a pdf folder.
The name of this
enclosing folder
should never exceed
20 characters, the
foldernames or filenames
must not have spaces
or special characters
in them and only
alphanumeric characters
should be used.
c Within the pdf folder, create a hi-res-pdf folder.
a
b
c
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Manage Folder Permissions
It is essential to reset the permissions of any folders/subdirectories uploaded
or created on the server so that the Content Manager is able to process the
materials they contain and generate various files and folders during ingestion.
Change Folder Permissions on the Content Manager FTP
server - Apple Mac
1
Select the folder/s for which you want to change the permissions.
2
Follow the below steps:
a Select the folder for which you want to change the permissions.
b Click on the File menu.
c Scroll down to Change Permissions to adjust folder permissions.
b
a
c
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3
Alter permissions on the Change Permissions dialog box.
a Set permissions by making a choice on the check boxes under,
Read, Write and Executable headers.
b Alternatively, type a set of numbers in the Octal notation text box,
such as 775.
c Click on Change to confirm your choice.
Quick Tip
Changing permissions
for the main folder will
automatically change
permissions for all
folders and content
within the main folder.
Note
a
b
It is essential that the
permissions for all of
these newly created
folders are set to 775
or 777. If the folder
permissions are not
reset, ingestion or
any other Content
Manager processing
will immediately fail.
c
Change Folder Permissions on the Content Manager FTP
server - Windows PC
1
Select the folder/s for which you want to change the permissions.
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2
Follow the below steps:
a Select the folder for which you want to change the permissions.
b Click on the File menu.
c Scroll down to Properties to adjust folder permissions.
b
a
c
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Alter permissions on the Properties dialog box.
Quick Tip
a Set permissions by making a choice on the check boxes next to,
R (Read), W (Write) and E (Executable)
Changing permissions
for the main folder will
automatically change
permissions for all
folders and content
within the main folder.
b Alternatively, type a set of numbers in the Octal text box, such as 775.
c Click on OK to confirm your choice.
Note
It is essential that the
permissions for all of
these newly created
folders are set to 775
or 777. If the folder
permissions are not
reset, ingestion or
any other Content
Manager processing
will immediately fail.
a
b
c
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5 Initiate Ingestion with the Simple
eBook Workflow
1
2
Log into the Content Manager application, and click the Simple eBook
workflow tab.
More Info
To learn more about
the Content Manager,
refer to the Content
Manager Interface Quick
Reference Guide.
The Simple eBook workflow tab is divided into two halves. In the top half,
enter the name of the eText’s enclosing parent folder into the Identifier
text box.
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3
Make appropriate selections from the following drop down menus. This
points the Content Manager to a location on the Content Manager FTP
server where the files have been uploaded.
a Business Unit
b Sub-Business Unit
Note
The selection made
for Business Unit
affects the available
choices for Sub-Business
Unit and, in turn,
those for Directory.
c Directory
a
4
b
c
From the Select Edition As drop-down menu, select an appropriate option.
More Info
The default value
is commonedition.
If the eText will be
specifically produced
as a teacher edition,
select teacheredition,
otherwise do not
change the default.
Note
Both instructors and
students can access a
commonedition. Only
instructors can access
a teacheredition. Since
studentedition can
be accessed only by
students, it should
never be selected.
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5
From the Book Locale Language drop-down menu, select the appropriate
language/locale.
6
Select the check box next to Book Info XML, Glossary XML, Basket XML,
Region Info XML & Audio XML. Click on any of the checkboxes in the PDF
processing section.
Initiate Ingestion with the Simple eBook Workflow
Note
This selection will tell
the Content Manager to
look for the CustomTOC.
xls spreadsheet in the
ingest/assets folder
and to process it to
create the bookinfo.xml,
manifest.xml and basket.
xml files.
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7
Click the Create button to initiate ingestion processing.
Note
By default, PDF
Cropping, SWF,
Thumbnail & Text;
iPad PDF Processing;
Process from Optimized
PDF and Process For
Digital Library, are all
automatically selected
if any one of these
check boxes is selected.
However, the Process for
Digital Library option
should be deselected
at this point in time due
to server space issues.
(The only exception is if
the BU indicates that the
eText is to be part of a
Digital Library.)
8
The Transformation Process has been initiated. Please wait for the email
response message appears at the top the screen. Click the Workflow
Status tab.
Quick Tip
The status of ingestion
can be periodically
updated by clicking the
Workflow Status tab.
Note
An instantaneous failure
is usually an indication
of incorrect folder
permissions or absence
of required materials
The time required for
PDF ingestion processing
depends on the number
of pages and the
complexity of artwork on
the pages. For example,
processing of 600
pages typically takes
about 30 minutes
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Refer to the Status column to confirm that processing is in progress.
10 When ingestion processing is complete, an automated email, indicating
whether processing was successful or not, is sent to the email address of
the account used to initiate ingestion.
Quick Tip
The Status can be
refreshed and the
various steps of
ingestion processing
can be monitored by
periodically clicking the
Workflow Status tab,
or by clicking on any
of the other tabs and
then returning to the
Workflow Status tab.
NOTE If processing was not successful, the email will include links to
various logs to help you diagnose the issues and make the necessary
corrections.
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6 Update the Title Metadata
By defult, the Content Manager uses the name of the enclosing parent folder
as the eText’s title, as well as for all four ISBNs: ISBN-10 and -13 for the eText
and ISBN-10 and -13 for the parent text. Simple eBook processing will also
generate other initial default values. These default values should be updated
with the actual title, edition, author, publisher, imprint, prices and ISBNs. The
Content Manager provides a convenient user interface to facilitate this process.
1
After successful ingestion and transformation of the files, log into the
Content Manager. The first default tab is the Workflow Status tab.
Update the Title Metadata
More Info
To learn more about
the Content Manager,
refer to the Content
Manager Interface Quick
Reference Guide.
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2
Select the eText, and then click the Simple eBook tab.
3
Click the Manage Bookinfo button.
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4
The Manage Bookinfo Page opens in a new window. Update the default
values with the actual title, edition, author, publisher, imprint, prices and
ISBNs as necessary to incorporate the appropriate information for the title.
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Click the Update Bookinfo button at the bottom of the window to update
the information.
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7 Validate the eText
The Content Manager validates all of the XML to ensure that it’s well-formed and
complete. It also checks to make sure that all of the component XML, TXT, SWF,
iPad PDF, cover art and other required files are present. Successful validation is
required before the eText can be uploaded to the Authoring server.
HigherEd, International and PLS eTexts are uploaded to PROD1 Authoring,
and School eTexts are uploaded to PROD2 Authoring.
1
After successful ingestion and transformation of the files, log into the
Content Manager. The first default tab is the Workflow Status tab.
Validate the eText
More Info
To learn more about
the Content Manager,
refer to the Content
Manager Interface Quick
Reference Guide.
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2
Select the eText, and then click the Simple eBook workflow tab.
3
On the Simple eBook workflow tab, click the Validate button at the bottom
of the screen to initiate validation of the eText.
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4
When validation is complete, an automated message confirming
successful validation or failure is sent to the email address of the account
that initiated validation.
NOTE If validation failed, the message will include links to logs to help
you diagnose and correct the issues.
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8 Launch the Content Manager Preview
After successful validation, the title of the eText becomes hyperlinked in
the Workflow Status tab of the Content Manager. Clicking the link launches
the Preview window where you compare source PDF files to the generated
SWF files.
1
More Info
To learn more about
the Content Manager,
refer to the Content
Manager Interface Quick
Reference Guide.
Log into the Content Manager and locate the eText on the Workflow
Status tab. Click its link under the Title column.
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The Preview window opens containing two frames to perform a
side-by-side comparison of any combination of the original source
and generated files.
Quick Tip
Source PDF refers to the
cropped PDF.
a At the drop-down menu above the left frame, select Source PDF.
b At the drop-down menu above the right frame, select SWF.
a
Launch the Content Manager Preview
b
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To navigate the pages, click the Prev and Next buttons or type a page
number into the text box, and then press the Enter or Return key on the
keyboard. As you navigate, compare the two frames, and make a note
of any discrepancies.
NOTES
Quick Tip
• Slight color or density shifts could be encountered during the PDF
to SWF transformation, but more pronounced issues should be
resolved before proceeding.
To view the iPad PDFs
meant for mobile view,
check the Content
Manager’s Preview. This
is the only place where
they can be seen prior
to publishing the eText to
the live Viewer.
• If any rendering issues are encountered, compare the Optimized
PDF to the Source PDF. When the entire range has been compared,
select Source PDF in one frame and iPad PDF in the other and
repeat the process.
• Rendering issues are generally caused by Source PDFs that were
not prepared according to specifications, such as use of colors
other than CMYK, hidden elements or layers, or problems caused
by intense vector graphics.
• The cover images can also be reviewed from this window by clicking
either the View Cover Image or the View iPad Cover pdf.
• After initial ingestion, it’s possible to select the pages of a previous
version by selecting a version with the dropdown selector in the
upper left corner of the window.
4
If no rendering issues are encountered, proceed to Upload to the
Authoring Server. If issues are encountered, continue to the next chapter.
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9 Replace Selected Pages
If any pages display rendering issues, replacement PDFs will need to
be ingested after construction issues have been resolved. The Content
Manager provides a convenient utility to enable ingestion of selected
replacement pages.
While the Content Manager can ingest single pages or a range of pages
from a PDF, the replacement pages must be in a PDF file that has the same
total number of pages as the orignal PDF file. For example, if the original PDF
had 35 pages and one page presented a rendering issue, the replacement
PDF must also have 35 pages.
1
Launch your FTP client, and then navigate to the eText’s ingest > pdf >
hi-res-pdf folder.
a Identify the problem PDF file and rename it by appending “-old”
to the filename.
b Upload the replacement PDF file to the hi-res-pdf folder.
a
b
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Log into the Content Manager:
2
a The default Workflow Status tab displays.
b Select the eText.
c Navigate to Simple eBook tab.
a
c
b
d Select the checkbox next to Replace Selected pages.
d
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The Replace Pages screen opens in a new window.
a If replacing a page or several pages, type the page numbers into the
Pages text box, seperated by a comma.
b To replace a range of pages, type the page numbers into the Pages
Range text boxes.
c To add another page range, click the plus sign icon.
d When all replacement pages have been indicated, click the Update
Manifest button.
Note
Page ranges should
span similar kinds of
numbers. For example,
use one or more page
ranges for Arabic
numbers, and one or
more separate ranges
for Roman numbers.
a
b
c
d
4
A message appears at the top of the screen, indicating that the manifest
has been updated and will begin to generate optimized PDFs of the
replacement pages, whether or not they are selected for subsequent
ingestion(s).
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5
When the optimized PDFs of the replacement pages are successfully
generated, you receive an automated confirmation email message.
6
Log in to the Content Manager, and note that the Status column on the
Workflow Status tab confirms successful generation of the optimized PDFs.
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7
Click the Simple eBook tab. Select any of the PDF processing check boxes
and click the Create button.
Note
The Content Manager
will queue the job and
begin to process the
replacement PDFs, and
you will receive an
automated confirmation
message when the
process is complete.
NOTES
• Unless the eText is also being processed for Digital Library, deselect
the Process for Digital Library check box.
• If the replacement pages are not to be rendered from the Optimized
PDFs, deselect the Process from Optimized PDF check box.
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8
When the replacement process is complete, return to the Content
Manager:
a An automated message, confirming successful validation or failure,
is sent to the email address of the account that initiated validation.
b Return to the Wofkflow Status tab and and click the eText’s link under
the Title column to launch the Content Manager’s Preview window.
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9
Review the replacement pages using the Content Manager’s preview
feature to ensure that any rendering issues have been resolved.
10 When all rendering issues are resolved, close the Preview window, and
then select the eText on the Workflow Status tab.
Replace Selected Pages
Note
If issues persist,
repeat the process
for replacing pages.
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11 Click the Simple eBook tab.
a Select the Process All Chapters check box.
b Click the Create button. This resets the manifest so that all of
the pages will be handled.
a
b
12 Validate the eText again. If successful, proceed to the next chapter.
More Info
Refer to Validate the
eText for process steps.
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10 Upload to the Authoring Server
When validation is successful, and the pages have been reviewed, you can
then upload to the eText Authoring server.
1
Log into the Content Manager application. Select your eText, and then
and click the Simple eBook tab.
2
Click the Upload to Authoring button at the bottom of the screen.
More Info
While it’s not likely that
the eText will need to be
uploaded to a different
authoring server than
the default selection,
you can select an
alternate server on the
Simple eBook workflow
tab.Generally, the
default selection should
be used.
NOTE The default selection of Authoring server is based on the Business
Unit selected during initial ingestion processing.
By default, Higher Ed, Custom and International eTexts will be uploaded
to PROD1, Curriculum will be uploaded to PROD2 while the PROD3 is
reserved for use by Pearson Custom Library (PCL) eTexts.
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Two automated messages will be sent to the email address associated
with the account used, to initiate the action:
a The first message will indicate that the eText has been sent to the
Authoring server.
b The second message will indicate whether the eText has been
successfully ingested into the Authoring.
Note
If there is a problem
with ingestion into the
Authoring server, the
message will include
links to logs that should
be helpful in diagnosing
and correcting the
situation.
a
b
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4
5
When the eText has been successfully uploaded to the Authoring server,
return to the Content Manager. On the Workflow Status tab, locate your
eText. Note that PROD1 or PROD2 appears as a link under the S column.
Click the link.
Note
The Authoring server’s Preview for the eText opens in a separate window.
To access the eText preview, type the credentials into the Login Name and
Password textboxes, and then click the Login button.
Note
Upload to the Authoring Server
With successful
uploading to the
Authoring server, the
Book ID will also appear
in the Workflow Status
tab under the eText’s
Global Book ID.
Use the shared
credentials to log in to
the eText Preview.
Login Name: viewonly
Password: pa55word
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The eText loads in the Preview window.
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11 Review the eText in the Authoring Server
1
Navigate to the authoring server on your browser and type your
credentials into the Login Name and Password text boxes, then click
the Login button.
More Info
After you receive
an automated email
message, that the
upload of the eText
to the appropriate
Authoring server was
successful, you can then
review the eText in the
authoring server.
NOTES To access the authoring server, click on an appropriate
link below:
• PROD 1 (Higher Ed, International, PLS):
http://auth.ebookplus.pearsoncmg.com/ebook/authoring.do
• PROD2 (School group):
http://auth.etext.home2.pearsoncmg.com/ebook/authoring.do
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The Authoring server has an online contextual Help system. To access the
online contextual help system at any time, click the Help button.
Quick Tip
The Authoring server
home bookshelf will be
empty on first login.
After a few eTexts have
been found and entered,
as many as five eTexts
will be displayed, with
the most recently viewed
eText at the top of the list.
The Pearson eText Help system opens in a new window with information
relevant to the currently viewed page in the authoring server. Navigate
the help system as needed. When finished, close the window.
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In the authoring server, define the search parameters for your eText, and
then click the Search button.
Quick Tip
Search using Book ID
or Global Book ID yields
the best results
Searching by ISBN, for
example, can yield as
many as four or more
results, and while some
of those results may be
pointing to the same
eText, there are some
instances where more
than one eText may
share an ISBN with
another. Searching by
Title or Author on the
other hand, may yield
many results.
NOTE There are various search parameters listed in the dropdown
selector, such as Author, Title, ISBN, etc. However, none of them are as
reliable as the Book ID or Global Book ID.
5
Search results of all eTexts that meet your search parameters appear
along with a thumbnail of the cover. Locate your eText and verify that
the cover thumbnail displays correctly. Then click on either the eText’s
thumbnail cover or the eText’s title.
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The Authoring Menu screen appears. Authoring tasks display under the
Proofing Task column, which enable you can make custom changes to
the eText. Click a link to open an authoring task.
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Click Review and Enter Book Metadata if the eText is designed to open
with a left-hand page, instead of the default right-hand page. The Book
Meta Data screen appears.
a At the Orientation option, select the Verso radio button.
More Info
Refer to the Webmonkey
Color Charts web page
for a handy chart of
hex values.
b Click Save.
a
b
8
Click Specify eText Language and Interface to change the interface
language, the UI skin or to use underlined hotspots. The Launguage and
Interface screen appears.
a Make the appropriate selections.
b Click the Save button.
a
b
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Click Specify eText Interface Colours to make changes to hotspot colors.
The Interface Colors screen appears.
a Type in the hex value for the color.
b Click the Save button.
a
b
NOTE If a Glossary is included, verify that, when clicked, terms in the
Glossary basket launch the Glossary window and display the correct term
and its definition.
10 Click Upload Custom Icons to install any custom icons. The Upload
Custom Icons screen appears.
a Select the icon to be installed from the dropdown.
b Click the Browse button to navigate to and select the icon on
your computer.
Note
The left half of the screen
is for installing the Flashbased icons for use
with the Mac/Windows
view. The right side is
for installing the PNG
format icons that for use
with the Mobile view.
b
a
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11 After all modifications have been made,click Review eText Pages,
Region Hotspots and Zoom Areas. The main eText authoring and
editing window opens.
Note
12 Verify the organization and structure of the Table of Contents, and click
the various listings to verify that they point to the correct pages.
Note
Review the eText in the Authoring Server
Verify that the cover,
navigationbar images,
and baskets such as
Table of Contents and
Glossary (if applicable)
are visible and
functional.
Check that any special
characters in the TOC
and Glossary (if they
are used) are displayed
correctly
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13 To launch the eText Authoring Preview, click the Review as drop-down
menu and select Student.
Note
14 At the cover page, click the page forward arrow. Click the two-page
icon on the toolbar. View the first page of the eText to verify
view
if it is displayed correctly as a right or left-hand page.
Quick Tip
Use the shared
credentials to log in
to the eText Preview.
Login Name: viewonly
Password: pa55word
Though the links should
not need editing, they
can be adjusted using
the eText Authoring
server’s Link Editing
panel.
Quick Tip
NOTES Verify that:
a The pages are cropped and rendered correctly.
Click the
arrows
on the toolbar to
advance through the
pages and review
the eText. Jump to
a specific page by
entering the page
number in the Page
window, and then
press Enter.
b There is no unsightly gap between the pages.
c The hotspots are the correct size, position and function.
15 When your review of the eText is complete, the eText is ready for First
Review. Copy the URL’s of the various eText Previews and email it, along
with the shared access credentials, to the BU contact.
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12 Begin First Corrections
After a review by the Business Unit, if there is a need to replace or make
modification to eText pages, first create a self-derivative copy to capture and
incorporate any edits that may have been made in the authoring server.
Create a Self-Derivative
To create a self-derivative copy, the eText must first be exported from the
Authoring server. This is done using the Content Manager utilitty.
Log into the Content Manager:
1
a Search for the eText using either the Book ID or Global Book ID.
b Select the eText.
c Navigate to the Simple eBook workflow tab.
c
a
b
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Once on the Simple eBook workflow tab, click the Backup button
3
An automated email message confirms the export status. If the export is
successful, click the Offline Packaging tab.
Begin First Corrections
Quick Tip
Ensure that the eText
is selected in the
Workflow Status tab,
before navigating to the
Offline Packaging tab.
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With the eText selected on the Workflow Status tab, click on the Offline
Packaging tab. On the Offline Packaging tab, click the Verify button to
confirm that the exported files are available for use.
5
Follow the below steps:
a Copy the Identifier from the left-hand side of the tab.
b Paste it into the Identifier field on the right-hand side.
c Click the Generate Derivative eBook button along the bottom
edge of the tab.
a
b
c
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NOTE With the eText successfully backed up and those files used to
create a self-derivative, the eText can be safely edited to make further
modifications or add various enhancements. The backup can be used to
restore the content if anything goes wrong.
6
A status message at the top of the screen indicates that the process has
begun. When the process is complete an automated e-mail message
confirms successful validation of the self-derivative.
On-screen status message
E-Mail confirmation
NOTE If any validation errors are encountered, they will need to be
resolved before proceeding.
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Export to MS Excel
In many cases, the content exported from the Authoring server can be
transformed back into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This it is particularly useful
when additional baskets or additional links are to be added to the eText.
1
To export the eText content to an XLS spreadsheet, on the Workflow Status
tab of the Content Manager, search for the eText and select it.
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Navigate to the Simple eBook workflow tab, and then click the Export to
Excel tab.
3
A status message appears indicating that the export process has begun.
When complete, an automated e-mail message with links to download
the various Excel spreadsheets that have been generated confirms a
successful export.
On-screen status message
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E-Mail confirmation
NOTE The exported spreadsheets can also be found in the final/recycle
directory located at the top level of the eText’s parent enclosing folder,
and can be downloaded from there with an FTP client.
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Merge Additional Content
Exported spreadsheets can also be merged with other corresponding
spreadsheets provided by the Business Unit to be incorporated into the
eText. This is especially important for ingesting additional baskets through a
CustomBasket.xls spreadsheet or when additional links need to be added or
edited after the first time a CustomHotspot.xls spreadsheet provided by the BU
has been ingested.
1
When the BU provides additional links in the form of a CustomHotspot.
xls spreadsheet, select the content of the cells, copy it and paste it into the
exported spreadsheet at the end of that spreadsheet’s existing content.
Ensure that the columns align, leaving no blank rows.
Ingest the CustomHotspot.xls spreadsheet
1
Download the CustomHotspot spreadsheet template and its guidelines at:
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/cmg/intranet/ebookplus/spreadsheet.
html.
2
Upload the edited spreadsheet to the eText’s ingest / assets directory
within the enclosing parent folder of the eText, using an FTP client.
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Log into the Content Manager:
3
a On the Workflow Status tab, search for the eText using the Book ID
or Global Book ID.
b Select the eText that displays, by clicking on the radio button.
c Then select the Simple eBook workflow tab.
c
a
b
4
On the Simple eBook tab, click the Manage Manifest button.
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The Manage Manifest Page opens in a separate window:
Quick Tip
a Select the check boxes for regioninfo and for replaceregions
in both the Content Manager and Authoring columns to process
the spreadsheet.
If the eText has not been
backed up and a selfderivative generated,
de-select the replace
regions check boxes
under both the Content
Manager and Authoring
columns in the Manage
Manifest window
b Click the Update Manifest button.
a
b
On the Simple eBook tab:
6
a Click the check box for Book Info XML, Glossary XML, Basket XML,
Region Info XML & Audio XML.
b Then click the Create button.
a
b
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When ingestion is completed, an automated confirmation
message is received
8
With the eText selected in the Workflow Status tab, click the Validate button
on the Simple eBook workflow tab.
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Ingest the CustomBasket.xls spreadsheet
1
Download the CustomBasket spreadsheet template, along with the
guidelines for completing it and upload the edited spreadsheet to the
eText’s ingest / assets directory using an FTP client.
More Info
The CustomBasket
spreadsheet and its
Guidelines are
available at:
http://media.
pearsoncmg.com/cmg/
intranet/ebookplus/
spreadsheet.html
Quick Tip
NOTE Next, follow the same sequence of steps as outlined in
Ingest the CustomHotspot.xls spreadsheet section 3 above.
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A Custom Basket
spreadsheet and
a Custom HotSpot
spreadsheet can be
ingested at the same
time.
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13 Appendix: eText Resources
RESOURCE
LOCATION
NOTE
Content Management Services
eText Neo Group
https://neo.pearson.com/groups/etext
Pearson staff only
eText Art Asset Guidelines
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/cmg/intranet/
ebookplus/eText_Art_Asset_guidelines.pdf
eText Higher Ed/International File
Conversion Request Form
https://neo.pearson.com/docs/DOC-66226
eText Higher Ed/International File
Revision Request Form
https://neo.pearson.com/docs/DOC-66227
eText File Submission Guidelines
http://media.pearsoncmg.com/cmg/intranet/
ebookplus/eText_File_Submission_Guidelines.pdf
eText Integration Scenarios
https://neo.pearson.com/docs/DOC-66221
eText Interface Quick Reference Guide
http://contentmanagement.pearson.com/
etext/QRGs/eText_Interface_QRG.pdf
eText Launch Checklist
http://contentmanagement.pearson.com/
etext/QRGs/eText_Launch_Checklist.pdf
eText Launch Checklist Guide
http://contentmanagement.pearson.com/
etext/QRGs/eText_Launch_Checklist_QRG.pdf
eText Promotion Request Form
http://wpslive.pearsoncmg.com/cmg_forms_
library/116/29779/7623431.cw/index.html
eText Support Requests
https://pearson.service-now.com/5555/
eText System Requirements
https://neo.pearson.com/docs/DOC-84448
Appendix
Pearson staff only
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RESOURCE
LOCATION
eText Videos
http://contentmanagement.pearson.com/
training/eText/eText_Video_Introduction.html
NOTE
http://contentmanagement.pearson.com/
training/eText/eText_Video_Search.html
http://contentmanagement.pearson.com/
training/eText/eText_Video_Whiteboard.html
Pearson Higher Ed: eBook Full
Service Vendor Project Management
Neo Group
https://neo.pearson.com/groups/
pearson-higher-education-ebook-full-servicevendor-project-management
Pearson Knowledge Base
http://kb.pearsoned.com/
Pearson Systems & Application Access
(for onboarding new users)
http://contentmanagement.pearson.
com/documentum/pdf/CMS%20User%20
OnBoarding%202012.pdf
SMS Project Workplace
https://sms.pearsoncmg.com/workplace/
USHE Standard Media
Design Program
http://usheproduction.pearsoned.com/media/
media_design/index.cfm
Website Testing Request Form
http://wpslive.pearsoncmg.com/cmg_forms_
library/0,,1892799-,00.html
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