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Is there somewhere on the back end of Pressbooks where stats are generated on readership/downloads, etc.? A faculty member asked me and I wasn’t sure.
Hi @JeremySmith! There isn’t any way to access this data at the moment, unfortunately. We’re aware that it’s important info for authors/project leads to have though, so it’s on our radar to work out a smart approach to handling it in future.
@zoe Thanks. That’s good to know. For now, we will be depositing a copy of the finished book into our institutional repository, which has download reports for authors.
@JeremySmith That makes sense! Although does the repository only takes PDFs? If so, you could consider adding a note in the front matter that the book is also available in ebook and webbook as well, if the author wants to make those options available (while still capturing the download numbers).
@zoe The IR can take any format (.doc, .pdf. jpg, etc.). So are you suggesting we not turn on the download options in PB and lead readers to our IR for downloads? Seems like the only way to get “pure” download counts, but not convenient for the reader.
@JeremySmith No, it is definitely more convenient for the reader to have the download options on the PB homepage! I only wondered if those coming to the IR version first might benefit from an arrow to that page, but it’s much less of an issue if the IR takes a range of formats. Not to worry, I’m sure you’ve got a handle on it
@zoe Ahh. We can include a link to the PB version from the IR page of the book and including it in the front matter is a good idea as well.