Although your library settings will most probably be configured just once, it is essential to get a full understanding over the different settings. Under the Manage tab, click on the Hosted Libraries item in the left column. Select your library from the dropdown list. For library management, you will spend most of your time on this part of Kotobee Author.

Click on Settings in the left column under Hosted Libraries. In this screen you will see the different library settings. It is important that once you make any changes to the settings, that you click on Save changes at the bottom of the page.

General settings

Library Name

This name will be used at the library header and elsewhere. It represents your library in any outgoing emails to your users.

Library URL
This URL you would like to use as a reference page for the library. This URL will be sent in user activation emails. It does not necessarily need to be the Kotobee alias, but preferred to be your own website domain. If you are planning to export your library as offline apps, it is recommended to include links to the apps in this URL. If you leave this field empty, no URL will be sent in user activation emails.

Library Alias

This unique identifier will be used to construct the URL for the library. You can find the full library path by clicking on the Export item in the left column, under Hosted Libraries.

Library Info

This optional information will appear inside the library once the user requests to have more information about the library.

Book permission settings

The books in the library may take one of two permissions: Public or Private. A public library allows any user to enter and open any ebook freely. A private library puts restrictions on ebooks and only users with the appropriate permissions may access the ebooks. If you set your library to be private, additional permission options will be shown.

Allow browsing
Setting this option will allow users to enter the library and browse the book titles, but not open them until they are logged in.
Show all books
All titles in the library will be displayed. The user will only be able to access authorized books.
Show authorized books under 'My Books' tab
All books in the library will be displayed, but authorized books will be listed under a special 'My Books' tab.
Show authorized books only
Books which the user does not have access to will be hidden entirely.
Mark restricted books If checked, restricted books will be marked with a special lock icon.
Unauthorized book redirect link Instead of displaying a default 'Access Denied' message for a restricted book, you may display a button which once clicked would redirect the user to a custom URL of your choice. Additionally, you may customize the buttons's colors and label from under the Customize section.
 Login using There are two method that users may access private libraries: using an email/password combination, or using promo codes. You may select which login methods you want to enable for your library. This way only the relevant fields are shown in the app.
 Synchronize annotations with backend When accessing the book from different platforms, the annotations are synchronized and shown.
 Self-registration The users are allowed to register themselves.
 Request Admin approval first Admin approves or rejects the self-registered user.
 Device DRM For extra measures to prevent piracy, limit the number of devices that may access the ebook for each registered user. If you will use that option, we recommend 3 devices.

Advanced settings

The following advanced settings are available for both public and private libraries.

Offline support If no Internet connection is present, the app will show the user's downloaded ebooks, to read offline. Supported for mobile apps only. Changing this value requires you to re-generate the library app.
Enable Tin Can Provide experimental information about the user's activity to an LRS.
Enable LTI Integrate with your LTI-compliant LMS in a way such that logged in students can access your library as an External Tool and without needing to sign in. For more information, click here.
Reject improper cover images If the cover image is far from proportional to a standard book cover, the submission will be rejected with an appropriate error message displayed to the user.

Email settings

An essential component of library systems is email notifications. Users should be able to receive notifications and password reset codes into their emails. The emails being sent use Kotobee's servers, with the sender being Kotobee's name and email. By default, the emails contain Kotobee's logo and signature. For branding reasons, you may prefer to have the emails sent using your name, and contain your logo and signature in the email body. By filling the different email settings in this section, achieving that is possible.

Note: If you wish altogether change the sender's email address, please contact customer support for instructions.

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