New KWL WYSIWYG editor is here!

Now you can edit your existing eBooks or create new ones right on the KWL website with our WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.

You can access the editor from the Add eBook Content screen on either a New eBook or existing eBook screen.

start writing

Click the “Start Writing!” button to open the text editor:

 blank editor

The editor is divided into two main windows: the Chapter window and the Content window.

The Chapter window is where you can create, delete, and rename chapters and sub-chapters. If you want the Table of Contents to work properly in your eBook, it’s important to define and name your Chapters.

new chapter– Create new chapter

new subchapter– Create new sub-chapter

delete chapter– Delete selected chapter or sub-chapter

rename chapter– Rename selected chapter or sub-chapter

“Create new chapter” and “Create new sub-chapter” will create the new item after the currently-selected one.

The Content window has all the icons you’re used to seeing: bold, italic, underline, find, replace, spell-check, numbering, bullets, indenting, and so on.

When you click on the insert image icon, you’ll get a popup:

image popup

You can click “Browse Image Gallery” if you’ve already uploaded the image you want to use. If this is your first time using the editor, you’ll have to upload files to your image gallery.  Click on the “Uploads” tab.

 image upload

Click “Browse…” and navigate to the image you want to upload, then click “Upload to Gallery.”

You’ll then see the image in the popup and can edit its properties, such as size, border, spacing, and justification:

 image popup full

The Latin filler text is there so you can see how the image will look when embedded in your text.  Click the “OK” button to insert the image and return to the editor.

The insert/edit table icon will also bring up a popup window:

insert table 1

Here you can define how many rows and columns to include, as well as table width, height, spacing, padding, border, and alignment.  If you like, you can also add a caption and a summary.

The table popup has an Advanced tab:

 insert table 2

Here you can set things like stylesheets classes and language direction.

Once you click the “OK” button, you’ll be returned to the editor, with your table inserted and ready to be filled.

If you’re unhappy with what you’ve created, you can click the “Clear all” button: do be careful, however. This won’t simply undo the changes you’ve made and return your eBook to its previous state: it will delete the entire contents of your eBook. You will get a pop-up warning:

clear content popup

If, however, you’d like to keep your changes, you don’t need to save. The editor automatically saves your changes as you work.  The bottom of the editing window will tell you when the content was last saved:

 last saved

Click the “Download and preview this eBook” link to see the effects of the changes you’ve made. This is an important step to make sure that things look as you want them to.

Marking the book as complete will enable it to be published when you’re finished all four steps of publishing through KWL.  Keeping it unmarked will prevent the eBook from publishing.

Clicking the green “Next” button will take you to the Choose content rights screen.

Clicking the “Stop editing” button will take you back to the Add eBook content screen.

Clicking the “Delete eBook” button will  delete your eBook from KWL.

Have fun, and keep writing!

2 comments

  • Thank you for providing this information on the new KWL editor. I assume that this explanation is geared to a person who is writing a new ebook using the editor. We plan to do this in the future, but for our first kobo epublished book Repeat Performance: The Nuclear Age, we uploaded a Microsoft Word doc file to kobo.
    The ebook editor seems to have arbitrarily set out page segments subdivided into 220 chapter headings entitled id220, id219 etc.
    How should I proceed to bring about proper chapter heading recognition in the ebook editor?
    We appreciate your help.
    204-889-2494
    Grant Sirola

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