Booktype 1.6 is out today and at long last you can now judge books by their covers. Now add one or more covers to a book and select which one to use at the moment of publishing. Different covers can be selected for different formats and Booktype supports multiple filetypes including vector (SVG), PDF and bitmap formats.
Booktype is supported on Unix systems like Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS and also on an OSX server. You'll need 3GB Ram and 1Ghz processor as a minimum hardware set-up.
Here's your step by step guide to the new cover manager.
1. Go to Edit Book and the new Cover Manager tab. This is where you can upload, manage and assign covers. You can upload multiple covers for each book and assign different covers for use in different formats (epub, print etc.)
2. The Cover Manager tab. This shows thumbnails of all the covers, and whether or not they have been approved. Anyone can upload, and the covers can be sorted by Approved and Pending tabs. Booktype supports multiple filetypes including vector (SVG), PDF and bitmap formats.
3. Editing covers. Clicking the Edit button open the book cover's metadata. Of course you can edit this data, but you can also stipulate whether the cover is a front cover, back cover or spine and set it as a cover for print, ebooks and so on.
4. Select and publish. When you are ready to publish, the wizard guides you through the process, allowing you to select the appropriate cover(s) for the type of book you wish to output!
Beautiful rendering in beta. Under the hood, Booktype will soon be employing a new renderer making your books look better than ever. It's based on the latest WebKit browser engine and gives much more control over footers, headers and more HTML features. We've included here just a sneak preview for you to test. Watch this space for the full version.
Deletion. Closing possibly the most requested feature ticket in history, books can now be deleted. The ability to delete users and groups is coming in 1.6.1!
The rest. There are over 135 less glamorous (but no less important) fixes, improvements and updates in Booktype 1.6. For the detail fanatics, every single one can be found over in our bug tracker.