Pagelist in boxset epub

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I have an epub file that is a boxset of five books. The question is how to build the page list? Should the pages be in continuous order as it’s all one book and referenced then to boxset ISBN, or should they be broken into separate pagelists and how would that correspond to ISBNs? thank you

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Hi Swalzl,

This is a really good question! I’m looking into this and will post here when I have more information.

Just to confirm, does each book in the set have a separate title and separate ISBNs as well? And does each book in the set begin at page 1?

I’ve previously encountered a digital-only boxset EPUB, but not one based on a print set. Nevertheless, for the boxset EPUB, there were multiple TOCs, one for each book, and they were listed in separate ordered lists in the nav. I’m wondering if this can be done for the page list, although it might be convoluted or might not work.

One approach can be to order the list according to the digital content and do a continuous page list for the entire EPUB, and reference only the boxset ISBN in the OPF. However, in this case, the digital book’s citations and print citations would differ.

Again, I’ll post another reply if I find more info!



Thank you for looking into this. So far yes, it’s set up as referencing to boxset print ISBN.

Yes, each book in  the set has it’s own ISBN and title, and starts with page 1.  There is also a cover for the entire set, and then each book has it’s own cover as well. Set has 1 TOC nav file.

Right now it has one long pagelist with restarting numbers, but yes – is that correct way to go is the question.

Thanks again for any info you find.

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Hi again!

I inquired with an industry expert and currently there aren’t any specific guidelines about page lists for boxset EPUBs. They did confirm that the ISBN in the metadata for the print page list source should be the boxset ISBN.

The best option here is to do a continuous page list based on the digital version, or to number the pages as “1-1, 1-2” for the first book and “2-1, 2-2” for the second book and so on. This will work if you have one master page list for all the volumes in the book.

As for multiple page lists, they might not be compatible with reading systems, which might not know what to do with the several page lists it encounters. Some experimentation might be required to test this approach out with reading systems to see if this works.

You could try an experiment where you put in 5 page lists and repeat the page #’s in each list point to different pages in the EPUB and see what the reading systems do. If it’s too confusing, then it’s better to stick with one master page list.

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