A great advantage of Kotobee libraries is the flexibility in customizing the interface. You can easily apply your own branding, and enable the components you only need. 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.


Select Customize from the left column under Hosted Libraries. You will be shown a preview of your library, along with some optional controls in a side column.



Customizing the design


In the side column, the Design tab will be selected by default. In this area, you are given the flexibility to edit your interface colors, logo, and other visual related properties through different controls. Adjusting any of these controls will show a live preview of the change in the preview panel.



Options


Slogan

A short sentence (slogan) which appears at the startup screen once the library is being initialized

Hide logo
Hide the logo entirely. This is useful if you are relying on a startup image that should fill the whole screen without any interference. This feature is for paid users only.

Custom logo

A logo image to be shown at the startup screen

Startup Image

A background image to be used at the startup screen

Startup Image Scale

How the startup image should be scaled.  The options are Stretch, Contain, and Cover

Stretch will stretch the image to fill the screen. 

Contain will preserve the image’s aspect ratio and fit it inside the screen. 

Cover will preserve the image’s aspect ratio, and enlarge it until it covers the entire screen dimensions.

Startup Background Color

The background color of the startup screen.

Startup Text Color

The text color to be used at the startup screen.

Hide loading message
When running the ebook, a small loading message is displayed at the bottom of the screen, saying "Loading Book. Please wait". You can hide this message entirely. If you'd like to rephrase it, this can be done from the Customize language control under the Components tab.

Header Background Gradient

The gradient color of the header bar. For a solid color, you can set the From and To values to be the same color.

Header Foreground Color

The text color to be used at the header bar.

Library Background Color

The background color of the library.


The following controls can be revealed by clicking on Show advanced options.


Tab Bar Color

The background color of the tabs at the bottom of the screen in the ebook view.

Tab Bar Text Color

The text color used in the tabs at the bottom of the screen in the ebook view.

Chapters Background Color

The background color of the chapters panel in the ebook view.

Chapters Foreground Color

The text color of the chapters panel in the ebook view.

Book Info Background Color

The background color of the book information area, within the chapters panel in the ebook view.

Book Info Text Color

The text color used in the book information area, within the chapters panel in the ebook view.


At any time, if you would like to reset to the initial colors set by Kotobee Author, simply click on Reset to default colors.



Customizing the functionality


In the side column, click on the Components tab button. In this area, you are able to enable and disable the different functional components of your ebook. By clicking the Enable or Disable buttons, the component is enabled or disabled, respectively. For a description of the component options, please refer to Customizing functionality with components. Additionally, libraries provide you with the following components.


Search library Allows for searching for book titles in the library
Display categories Hide the category listing from the user. Categories will still be useful for you as an administrator, to organize user permissions for books in groups.
Autosize library header Smartly collapse the header when the user starts scrolling through the book thumbnails downwards. Available for mobile apps only.



Previewing your library


The large preview frame allows you to see a carbon copy interactive preview of your library. You can select a certain platform or device to emulate the library in. Click on the dropdown list next to Platform, and pick a platform/device from there. Some devices allow you to rotate them, showing a different orientation. In the case of mobile devices, you can preview the library as a web app, or as a native app. At any time, you may restart the library preview by clicking on the Restart button.