Book resource

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The book module makes it easy to create multi-page resources with a book-like format. This can be used to build complete book-like websites inside of your Moodle course.

Previously created websites can be imported directly into the Book module. Books can be printed entirely or by chapter.

Create a new book

Turn on editing in your course and choose the book resource from the drop down activity menu:

getting started

Give your book a name and a summary

Tell your students what your book is called and provide a brief description of its content.

add name and summary

Indicate how you want chapters numbered

There are several predefined numbering types:

  • None - chapter and subchapter titles are not formatted at all, use if you want to define special numbering styles. For example letters: in chapter title type "A First Chapter", "A.1 Some Subchapter",...
  • Numbers - chapters and subchapters are numbered (1, 1.1, 1.2, 2, ...)
  • Bullets - subchapters are indented and displayed with bullets.
  • Indented - subchapters are indented.

define numbering

Enable or disable printing

Disabling printing means hiding the print icons. (The print option is one of this resource's most popular features, so you might not want to disable it.)

allow printing?

Allow or disallow custom titles

If you disallow custom titles, the chapter title (the one that appears on the table of contents) will appear as a header at the top of your content. If you enable custom titles, you will be able to create a title different from the one that appears in the ToC.

permit custom titles?

Custom Titles Enabled: The custom title (red arrow) is different than the title in the table of contents (green arrow).

Custom Titles Disabled: The titles in the table of contents and in the chapter are the same.

Add a chapter

Titles of chapters appear as links in the table of contents to the left of your content. Keep your titles short.

add a chapter

View work to date

So far, you see the table of contents on the left and the content on the right. Note the print icons near the top.

To add another chapter, click on the red cross in the ToC.

so far, so good

Add a sub chapter

Note that the sub chapter box is checked. A chapter may have many sub chapters, but sub chapters cannot have subchapters. In order to keep this resource simple, you are limted to two levels.

add a sub chapter

View your book

You now see a chapter and a sub chapter. Because we did not elect to number chapters, the fact that the second chapter is a sub chapter cannot be seen in the ToC. Note that you do, however, see this in the title above the content.

better and better

Navigate your book

In addition to the links in the table of contents, you may move through the book using the arrows located to the top-left and bottom-left of the content.

more navigation aides

Using Book

One may, of course, use book to present information in a well-structured, user-friendly format. But there are other possibilities. Because this module allows one to import individual web pages or folders of web pages, it is useful for group work. Example: Each student creates a web page and the teacher uploads the pages to the book.

click on the import link

browse to the desired web page or folder of web pages and import them into your book

Note: Relative file links are converted to absolute chapter links. Images, flash and Java are relinked too.