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Booktype 1.6 for Authors and Publishers

Roles and Permissions

After you have logged into the Booktype server, you will be able to create and edit your own books. Since Booktype is a collaborative environment, there needs to be control over access to shared books. There are a number of roles that Booktype users can have, which enable different levels of permissions.

Most of these roles and permissions are managed from the Settings tab of a book's edit interface - see the chapter Settings for more information.


All users logged in to Booktype can edit books that others have created if those books have been set as editable by 'anyone'. This is the most open level of access, and is suitable for environments in which all users are trusted.

Book owner

You will automatically become the 'Book owner' of any books that you create. Book owners can add collaborators by assigning 'Administrator' and 'Editor' roles to other people. This distinction between administrators and editors enables a more finely controlled level of access.


You can be made an editor of a book you have not created yourself, if a 'book owner' gives you this role for a specific book. This gives you the ability to edit the book, but not to set the permissions of other contributors. 

Super user

When Booktype is installed on a server, a 'super user' account is created. This account is for the person or people who manage that Booktype installation, and gives write access to all books on that Booktype installation, as well as the ability to perform tasks such as reset passwords, rename files and remove books. This is the highest level of control available and should be restricted to trusted and responsible persons only.

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