The manifest lists meta information. It exists to make it easy for book reader software or online stores to extract important information about the book.
How it works
The manifest uses name/value pairs, like this: name=value.
It is simple, and none of the items are compulsory. Just use the ones you need in any order.
It is saved as Manifest.txt and included with the rest of the files in the UBook folder.
Most of the elements are self explanatory, but here is a full list.
The exact title of the book.
The subtitle of the book.
The name of the author or authors. Can be added more than once.
To note the name of the editor of the book. Can be added more than once.
If the book is part of a series with a chief editor, note the name here.
Relatively vague concept. Could be a researcher or someone else who helped compile the book. For example, people who voluntarily compile books for Project Gutenberg can have their names recorded here. Can be added more than once.
Electronic books don’t use page counts. So it is handy to add the word count here. Round up or down to the nearest thousand.
The name of the publisher.
The ISBN number if there is one.
Date of publication. Uses the international standard format i.e. YYYY-MM-DD.
Date of first publication. For use with new editions of books that were previously published. Uses the international standard format i.e. YYYY-MM-DD.
Date of publication for this edition, distinct from the first edition publishing date. Uses the international standard format i.e. YYYY-MM-DD.
A note about the edition of the book, if relevant.
Any copyright text.
Identifies the language using the standard two-letter codes e.g. EN for English; DE for German etc.
Also supports territories e.g. EN-US for American English; EN-GB, for British etc.
Names the cover and points to its location. The default is to assume it is in the root folder along with the other files, like this:
It can be placed in another folder if you like.
Show me the money
Here is a sample manifest file from a very exciting book.
Subtitle=Geology Isn’t as Boring as You Think
Serieseditor=Elvis Dazzlebadge III
Publisher=Yale Academic Press
Copyright=(c) 2013, John Sludge, Samantha Boring. All rights reserved.