Creating a Catalog Page

What is a Catalog

The  catalog is a public page that allows us to showcase the public works we are publishing.  The University of Arkansas has a catalog page that can be found at

Readers can click on the cover of a book to be taken to its webbook homepage. If a book is public, readers can begin reading from the landing page. If only a few chapters of that book are public, they can browse the public sample chapters. And if the book is private, they can still read the book description, generating interest in your book.

The catalog allows users to browse as well as search on the title, author and tags (or keywords).

Creating a personal catalog

A personal catalog is automatically created for our authors.  The personal catalog can be used to present your titles on your CV or market you books in other venues.  It is good to edit your personal catalog.  Some of the items edited in the personal catalog provide better access to your book in our University of Arkansas Pressbooks catalog.

Hiding or Showing Books on Your Catalog Page

You can add any of your own books to your catalog, whether they’re private or public. All books in your account will be included in a table when you navigate to My Catalog.


The screen for creating your personal catalog showing the My Catalog prompt at the top of the left column
This screen shows the My Catalog screen.


By default, no book will appear in your public catalog. To show a book in your catalog:

  1. Hover over the book in the My Catalog table
  2. Click the “Show in Catalog” link that appears

All books that are currently in your Catalog will show a checkmark in the Catalog Status column. Books that are not in your catalog will show an X.

Sorting Your Catalog

Use the sortable columns in the Catalog table to help you keep track of the books in your catalog. You can sort the following columns of the table by  selecting the column header:

  • Catalog Status
  • Privacy Status
  • Title
  • Author
  • Pub date

Tagging Your Books

You can tag your books with subject terms to improve your book’s Search Engine Optimization and make it easier for users to find. To add or edit tags:

    1. Hover over a book
    2. Click the Edit Tags link that appears in the Tag 1 or Tag 2 column
    3. Enter the tags you’d like
    4. Click Save Changes

Customizing Your Catalog Profile

You can make a few choices about how your Catalog looks. To access the profile edit settings, click Edit Profile next to your username at the top of the My Catalog page. The My Catalog Profile page allows you to include an “About” section, as well as a link to your author website, tags that may be relevant to your work, and a logo for your organization or personal work. When you’ve entered the details you’d like to include, click Save Changes.


This is an image of the catalog profile page.
The catalog profile page allows you to assign a blurb for your book, assign the cover and tag words.

Voila! My site is ready!

Your personal catalog page URL may be found on the My Catalog page.

This is an example of a my catalog page showing a cover image and keywords
Well this needs some work – my catalog page


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