The top seven features authors love in Booktype

When writing gets tough, Booktype can help the writing get going.
When writing gets tough, Booktype can help the writing get going.

In a constantly evolving digital publishing era, content creators face new challenges on a regular basis to reach audiences in a competitive and convergent media landscape. It’s more important than ever for authors and organisations publishing content to find tools that make their workflow efficient and cost effective. It’s within this context that we developed Booktype, our collaborative writing and publishing software for professional authors. Here is a list of the top seven features that Booktype users rave about. Browsing this list offers an easy way for current and prospective authors to see what Booktype can offer. If you’re already a Booktype user, make sure you double check whether you are taking full advantage of the features that can make your writing and publishing easier and more efficient.

Let’s dive in.

1) Single source publishing 

Creating content for multiple platforms and formats can be tedious. With Booktype, you only have to create your content once. At the click of a button, the formatting will adapt to multiple outputs while also maintaining the integrity of your design needs. You can create content for print publishing and then adapt it for a website, screen PDF, e-book, etc., without the headache of having to redesign formats for each of these outputs. Booktype users love this feature because it saves them lots of time, facilitates workflow efficiency and enables users to get more value out of the content they create.

2) Quick revisions of existing books/editions

Picture this: you’ve written a travel guide and you walk into one of the cafés you recommended and it has been completely renovated. Does it still stand up to your recommendation? You can enter the cafe to have an investigative bite off their new menu all whilst you have your laptop and Booktype open to revise your content quickly and easily. Updating your text won’t affect your formatting or cause any other necessary adjustments. Simply make your changes and your updated book will be ready for export into your desired format.

3) Design options

Booktype offers several design layout options that you can preview with your content. Once selected, this design will be adapted for consistency among all of your content outputs – from publishing for print to a web browser, for example. If custom designs are needed (i.e. organisational branding) this can also be customised in your version of Booktype by our developers.

4) No new infrastructure or software needed

To use Booktype, all you have to do is sign up and register your account and you’re ready to begin. Booktype works right out of the browser, so you don’t have to download any additional software or configure it to your computer. It’s designed for quick setup, intuitive use and efficient workflow.

5) Multiple output formats

Booktype will export your book in any of the following formats: print PDF, screen PDF, EPUB (for e-books), MOBI (for MobiPocket and Kindle Readers), XHTML (for websites and mobile) and when your content is in the editing stage, you can output a format that’s proofreader friendly. Booktype provides the option of outputting to all these formats at once or selecting a single output format. You can also modify the settings for each output.

6) Import existing content without a fuss

If you have existing content in Microsoft Word (.docx) or e-book formats (EPUB2/EPUB3) you’ll be glad to know that you can import this content right into Booktype and continue working from there. This means that your existing content can easily be converted into the above-mentioned formats once you’re happy with your edits in the software.

7) Collaboration

Last but certainly not least, Booktype enables a clean and powerful environment for collaborative content creation. Users can invite people to contribute to content, edit, comment or just read their books in Booktype online. The document is updated in real-time so there won’t be any issues with content versions overlapping if multiple people are contributing or editing your book, for example.

Do you have any other favourite Booktype feature that we didn’t mention in this list? Let us know and we’d be happy to write about it in a future post! If you’re interested in trying Booktype, check our pricing and get in touch.