FlightDeck generates some very informative and helpful reports for each EPUB file you test, but it also gives you tools that assist you in building better EPUBs. The only tool included at the moment is the Metadata Editor, but we have plans to add more tools in future development cycles.
FlightDeck's Metadata Editor allows you to easily add or change the metadata information about your book without having to crack open the EPUB file. The editor includes all of the most commonly used and important fields:
- Title: The title of the book.
- File As: [EPUB 3 only] If the book title should be filed alphabetically with a different name, that name would go here.
- Subtitle: [EPUB 3 only] The subtitle can be listed separately in EPUB 3 metadata.
- Identifier: This is where the book's ISBN goes. For more information on ISBNs, please see the FlightDeck Handbook.
- ID Type: The identifier type is usually ISBN or UUID, but may be another value.
- Publication Date: This is the date the book is actually published, whether in the past or future.
- Date Modified: This is the last date/time on which the EPUB file was modified. In EPUB 3, this date is used in conjunction with the ID to give an exact identifier for this specific EPUB file. FlightDeck will automatically update it anytime metadata changes are saved.
- Publisher: The publisher or imprint name.
- Language: The language in which the file is written. You can add as many languages as needed.
- Creators: Creators are those people who contributed the most to the writing of the work, usually the author, illustrator, editor, etc.
- Role: The dropdown allows you to easily select which role the person played in the book development.
- Name: This is the name of the creator in normal order.
- File As: This is the name of the creator in alphabetical order (Last Name, First Name).
- Contributors: Contributors are people whose contributions are secondary to those listed as Creators.
- Subject: Subjects can be listed as normal text strings, or as BISAC subject codes. Each subject chosen should be listed on its own line.
- Description: The description of the book, usually the same as you would include on the back cover or dust jacket. Be sure not to include HTML code in this field, as that will break the EPUB.
- Rights: The copyright information about the book.