Nova accepts the following files.

  • Cover
  • PDF
  • XML
  • EPUB
  • Assets (various multimedia files)

Cover Image

The cover image is mandatory for books. The cover must be in this specification exactly.

The preferred format for the cover is a PNG. image of 600 x 800 pixels.

File naming convention: cover.png

The Nova platform supports GIF, BMP, JPEG, PNG images in your content. so you should usually provide your images with the maximum resolution.

The ZIP file can contain an “assets” folder (optional) that contains all other associated files such as images and supplemental data files.

Nova Structure

The nova package must contain a ZIP file and the Manifest.xml. Both should be in the same name.

Manifest Structure

The manifest.xml file should follow the below format. You will need to capture the additional informations as exactly mentioned in the sample below. And this has key information about the content, please ensure before upload the information in the manifest.xml. Here, we have mentioned Price information for reference.

The access types: FREE (or)  OA  (or) ACQUIREDCONTENTS (or) COMPLIMENTARY (or)  PAID.

Package Type : full-book (without full text)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE nova PUBLIC "nova" "nova.dtd">
<nova isbn="9781785271694" content-type="full-book" scheduled = "2021-02-05 18:06:28" full-text="no">
    <chapter type="front-matter" id= "prelims" access-type= "OA"/>
    <chapter type="sample" id= "sample-chapter 1" access-type= "OA"/>
    <book type="zip" file="Brown" access-type="PAID">
        <price isbn="9781785271694" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="hardback"/>
        <price isbn="9781785271700" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="paperback"/>
        <price isbn="9781785271687" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="webpdf"/>
        <price isbn="9781785271688" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="epub"/>
    </book>
</nova>  

Package Type : full-book (with full text)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE nova PUBLIC "nova" "nova.dtd">
<nova isbn="9781785271694" content-type="full-book" full-text="yes">
    <chapter type="front-matter" id="prelims" access-type="FREE"/>
    <chapter type="sample" id= "sample-chapter 1" access-type= "OA"/>
    <book type="zip" file="Hogue170918_Anthem" access-type="PAID">
        <price isbn="9781785271694" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="hardback"/>
        <price isbn="9781785271700" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="paperback"/>
        <price isbn="9781785271687" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="webpdf"/>
        <price isbn="9781785271688" GBP="70.00" USD="115.00" type="epub"/>
    </book>
</nova>    

Package Type : chunk-book (without full text)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE nova PUBLIC "nova" "nova.dtd">
<nova isbn="9876543211123" content-type= "chunk-book" full-text="no">
    <book type="zip" file="Zahoor011119" access-type="PAID">
	 <price isbn="9781785274596" GBP="25.00" USD="40.00" type="hardback"/>
	 <price isbn="9781785274602" GBP="25.00" USD="40.00" type="webpdf"/>
	 <price isbn="9781785274619" GBP="25.00" USD="40.00" type="epub"/>
	</book>
    <chapter type="front-matter" id="prelims" access-type="OA"/>
    <chapter type="sample" id="sample-chapter 1" access-type="OA"/>
    <chapter id= "ch01">
      <price GBP= "10" USD= "30"/>
    </chapter>
    <chapter id= "ch02">
      <price GBP= "10" USD= "30"/>
    </chapter>
</nova>  

Package Type : chunk-book (with full text)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding= "UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE nova PUBLIC "nova" "nova.dtd">
<nova isbn="9781785274596" content-type="chunk-book" full-text="yes">
    <book type="zip" file="Conley200719_Anthem.zip" access-type="PAID">
      <price isbn="9781785274596" GBP="25.00" USD="40.00" type="hardback"/>
      <price isbn="9781785274602" GBP="25.00" USD="40.00" type="webpdf"/>
      <price isbn="9781785274619" GBP="25.00" USD="40.00" type="epub"/>
    </book>
    <chapter type= "sample" id= "book-part-001" folder= "ch01" access-type= "OA"/>
    <chapter type="front-matter" id="toc-001" folder= "toc" access-type="FREE"/>
    <chapter id= "book-part-001" folder= "ch01" >
      <price GBP= "10" USD= "30"/>
    </chapter>
    <chapter id= "book-part-002" folder= "ch02" >
      <price GBP= "10" USD= "30"/>
    </chapter>
</nova> 

Package Type : in-press (upcoming books)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE nova PUBLIC "nova" "nova.dtd">
<nova isbn="9789390508259" content-type="in-press" full-text="no">
    <book id="Born Optimist" scheduled="2021-07-29 00:00:00" access-type="PAID">
        <price isbn="9789390508259" GBP="18.36" USD="30.36" type="hardback"/>
        <price isbn="9781783086375" GBP="18.36" USD="145.00" type="webpdf"/>
        <price isbn="9781783086382" GBP="18.36" USD="30.36" type="epub"/>
    </book>
</nova>  

Package Type : audio-only

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE nova PUBLIC "nova" "nova.dtd">
<nova isbn="9876543211123" content-type="audio-only">
    <chapter type="sample" id="sample-chapter 1" access-type="FREE"/>
	 <chapter id= "ch01">
          <price GBP= "10" USD= "30"/>
    </chapter>
    </chapter>
</nova>  

Table 1: Element description

ElementAttributeDefinitionValueNecessity
novacontent-typeFormal reference identification of the content

full-book, chunk-book, chapter, in-press, audio-only

mandatory
full-textFormal reference identification of the content typeYES / NOmandatory

work-flow

Formal reference identification of the work flow 

book

mandatory


scheduled

Formal reference identification for publication date. The attribute value must be in UTC time format.

yyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss

mandatory


isbn

ISBN stands for 'International Standard Book Number'. It's basically a 13 digit identification number that book sellers and libraries use to identify books.

9876543211123

mandatory

description

Details of your current version

version 1.0

mandatory

chaptertypeFormal reference identification of the sub divisionsample, prelims, Ch01, etcmandatory

folder

Name of the folder

Zahoor011119

mandatory
access-typeDigital Price / Open Access

Free, OA, AcquiredContents, Complimentary, Paid

mandatory
priceGBPPrice type10mandatory
USDPrice type30mandatory

INR

Price type

2187

mandatory

Type

ISBN Type [hardback, paperback, webpdf, epub]

978178527607

mandatory

 original-price 

Actual price for the book

30.00

optional

save

Discount amount

11.02

optional

subscriptiontypeSilver1optional
Gold2optional
Platinum3optional

TOC Preparation

TOC is an important element for eBooks. Nova preserves the TOC given as is. Because Nova takes the different format of input and choices, TOC is retained as per the following order.

  1. Retain the TOC from the given BITS XML.
  2. If not, then take it from the ePUB file.
  3. If not, then take it from the ePDF file

If none of these files has TOC, then the TOC will be shown as to “No TOC is given by the publisher” on the TOC page.

Zip File Structure (full-text= no)

The Zip file can contain Assets, EPub, XML, PDF files, and cover image.

Supplementary data, as characterized by the DTD documentation, are extra “information files that contain data straightforwardly supportive of the document, for instance, an audio clip, movie, database, spreadsheet, applet, or other external file.” When given, these should be described in the XML document and tagged with the <supplementary-material> tag.

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