Guidelines for Production Review of
E-Books for ACLS Humanities E-Book
HEB recommends that publishers complete their review of XML-encoded e-books within 30 days, to expedite production and allow us to launch their books to subscribers in a timely fashion. (Please note that uploads of new titles generally occur on a monthly basis, on the 15th of each month or the following business day.) We hope the following guidelines will help you navigate through the e-book smoothly, checking that all content appears correctly and in the appropriate place and that all the functions are working properly. Publishers are responsible for proofreading, review, and any final content-related corrections, submitting a revised version of the XML and related files to HEB, if applicable. Once the book is live to the public and we receive your final approval, we can release the balance of the deliverables fee, as specified on the Schedule A.
Proofreading and Quality Control:
In order to ensure the quality of your vendor's tagging conversion and review the design styling on our site, it is critical to proofread the entire e-book. Proofreaders should take care to check special characters as well as such elements as epigraphs, quotation extracts, lists, tables, all heads, figures, etc., against the print book. (Other materials included in the e-edition only—such as added links, audio or video files—may require special attention.) A checklist is provided below.
The XML-Encoded E-Book
The XML-tagged file you provided is converted dynamically on our site to browser-readable HTML. PLEASE NOTE: HTML coding for browsers has limited styling options, especially when compared with print page-layout software. Also, certain types of styling in print do not work as well on screen and thus are modified (e.g., superscripted note numbering can affect line spacing, and thus note numbers are put in brackets rather than superscript). Also, for efficiency across the site, basic style templates are used for all books.
Title Record Page:
This page includes basic title and copyright information about the book, an enlargeable "cover" or title image, a table of contents, links to reviews, and a full library catalog record in MARC format. NOTE: Title information and MARC records are NOT completed until second-round revisions. There is now only dummy data in the title information and detailed catalog record.
Table of Contents:
The table of contents is generated automatically from the title heads tagged in the book. Each link pulls up a specific chunk of text (section or chapter or publisher-specified text chunk).
Chunking serves the important function of allowing us to deliver only portions of each book at a time to users, thus enabling us to track hits for usage and royalty purposes. A publisher can decide on the size of the text chunks that are delivered. Most books with sections are delivered chunked by section. For books without sections, publishers can decide to deliver text by entire chapters or by another means of chunking text (e.g., every 10 paragraphs).
Heads that appear in the TOC and at the top of each text chunk (i.e., HTML page) are taken from heads tagged in the text. (NOTE: main book title "running heads" appearing at the very top of each chunk adhere to MARC record rules, requiring among other things that heads follow sentence-style capitalization.)
Not all sections have actual heads in the print version. In the online version, for those sections without heads, an appropriate head was added according to the publisher's specifications (e.g., [Intro] or [Dedication]). For books with heads that are in all-caps, we suggest that the publisher adjust the heads to title casing. Note that small caps are not used in our stylesheet.
Paragraphs are numbered sequentially from beginning to end of text. The paragraph-number ranges for each (individually accessible) text chunk appear in brackets after each link on the TOC. In the e-book, the paragraph numbers appear in gray to the left of each paragraph. These paragraph numbers will take the place of page numbers in born-digital books and can be used for scholarly citation.
Endnotes/footnotes appear in pop-up boxes when you click on a note number within the text. The entire notes section can also be accessed through the TOC or from a link in the note pop-up box.
Page numbers in the index are linked to print-page numbers appearing throughout the text. (As we bring born-digital books online the index can be replaced by the existing—and robust—search engine.)
Illustrations appear in-line within the paragraph text or in separate sections. Clicking on an image will generally bring up an enlarged image in a pop-up box.
Audio, Video, PDF:
Audio and video clips as well as PDF documents appear in separate pop-up windows when the appropriate text-link is clicked.
Click on "search" in the red bar to search across the collection using basic key-word, Boolean, proximity, or bibliographic searching. Click on "search this book" to search for a key word or phrase within a specific book.
Search results are returned with key words highlighted in context with surrounding text.
Users can click on "save citation" and "view my citations" to save and e-mail the citation of the library catalog record and URL link for each book.