Using the Books Manager in Book Library, Joomla book extension

In the previous articles we already saw how we can fetch book information from Amazon inside the Book Library, Joomla book extension. In this article we will take a closer look at the Book Library Books Manager and see how an administrator can use that interface to Publish, Unpublish, Lend or Return books.

The Books Manager in eBook management software

In the Admin backend, go to Components -> Book Library -> Books

Joomla Books Manager, backend
Joomla Books Manager, backend

Books in the backend

From the Book Manager you can select one or multiple books (checkmarks in front of the titles) and then apply actions to them with the icons in the top bar.

  1. New
  2. Create a new book entry
  3. Del product
  4. Delete selected books from VirtueMart
  5. Add product
  6. Add selected books to VirtueMart
  7. Clone
  8. Make the copy of selected book
  9. Publish
  10. Publish selected books
  11. Unpublish
  12. Unpublish selected books
  13. Refetch Information
  14. Fetch information from a different Amazon server for the selected books. This will allow you for example to get different language information or pricing with the different currencies by selecting a different Amazon server. The action will of course only apply to selected books.
  15. Lend books
  16. You can lend out the selected books to a particular user from here:
    Lending books from the backend, joomla book extension
    Lending books from the backend in joomla book extension

    Lend book from the backend

    1. Lent to:
    2. Just select the user from the dropdown box
    3. User:
    4. Fill in username
    5. e-mail:
    6. Fill in user email
    7. Lent until:
    8. Select the return date by clicking on the button (will show a calendar pop­up)
    When you have filled in the details, click the Lend books button in the top bar. Once you have lent books out, they will show up inside the Books Manager with a Lent until: date.
  17. Return books
  18. You can check in the selected books as being returned from here
  19. Edit lend
  20. Edit existing lend
  21. Lend History
  22. Show the Lend History of selected book
  23. Delete
  24. Deletes the selected book(s)

In the next article we will see how to print reports in Joomla Books Manager.

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