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Template documentation

This template is used to provide formatting to the basic information about books and should be used in place of {{information}} when a set of images (either multiple files or a single DjVu or PDF) comprise the full text of a book.

This template will categorize into Category:Book templates.
, if used in a template.


 |Author =
 |Translator =
 |Editor =
 |Illustrator =
 |Title =
 |Subtitle =
 |Series title =
 |Volume =
 |Edition =
 |Publisher =
 |Printer =
 |Date =
 |City =
 |Language =
 |Description =
 |Source =
 |Permission =
 |Image =
 |Image page =
 |Pageoverview =
 |Wikisource =
 |Homecat =
 |Other_versions =
 |ISBN =
 |LCCN =
 |OCLC =

Template parameters

Authorbook's author or authors. If author is anonymous then write anonymous or unbekannt. If multiple authors then write various authors or verschiedene and provide Editor name. If possible create and use a creator template for the author providing identifying information and linking it with wikipedia and wikisource pages.emptyoptional
Translatorbook's translator or translators. See Author description for preferred format.emptyoptional
Editorbook's editor or editors. See Author description for preferred format.emptyoptional
Illustratorbook's illustrator or illustrators. See Author description for preferred format.emptyoptional
Titletitle of the book. Should be short.emptyoptional
SubtitleSubtitle of the bookemptyoptional
Series titleIf book is a part of the series then provide series title.emptyoptional
VolumeIf book has multiple volumes then provide volume number.emptyoptional
Editionedition numberemptyoptional
Publisherbook's publisheremptyoptional
Printerbook's printeremptyoptional
DateYear of book publication. Use {{other date}} for approximate dates.emptyoptional
CityPlace of publication, usually city. If possible use {{city}} or one of autotranslated city templates (see Category:Multilingual tags: Locations). Can also use links to a gallery or Wikipedia article.emptyoptional
Languagelanguage of the bookemptyoptional
Descriptiondescription of the book. Please use multilingual templates like {{en}}.emptyoptional
Sourceinformation about where the source of the files in the category. Usually name of the user or the institution that scanned the book with a link to the download page if possible. Source should always be specified and books without source will be tagged with {{Source missing}} template.emptyoptional
Permissionlicense (such as {{PD-old-100}} or {{PD/1923|1912}}); used for pdf and DjVu files where the entire book is a single file. When creating book templates (for a group of images that are uploaded as separate files) leave this blank, as each file should use license template directly.emptyoptional
Imageimage representing the book. Usually the front page or the cover. For multi-image pdf and DjVu files this is simply the filename. Omit "File:".emptyoptional
Image pagePage number of the image representing the book. Usually the front page or the cover. Used for multipage pdf and DjVu images.emptyoptional
Pageoverviewfield used to show page number, number of pages or possibly add links to all the pages. Different derivative templates used this field differently: emptyoptional
Wikisourcelink to related Wikisource page. Use en:Main Page notation. eg.: |Wikisource=s:en:Three Books of Occult Philosophyemptyoptional
HomecatUsed only when template:Book is used to create other templates, usually templates for specific books. Homecat (Home category) will categorize the book template without categorizing images using it. In order to auto-categorize images as well use separate {{Book/AutoCategory}} template. If Homecat is missing or points to non-existing category than template is added to Category:Book templates without home category. To avoid that use "Homecat=~".emptyoptional
Other_versionsOther versions of this same document on Commons, this can be used for files in a different format, or other editions of the same text.emptyoptional
other_fieldsAdditional table fields (in html-table syntax). Easiest way to use it is through {{Information field|name=Field Name|value=Field Value|style=html}}.emptyoptional
ISBNInternational Standard Book Numberemptyoptional
LCCNLibrary of Congress Control Number: Authority data from the Library of Congress.emptyoptional
OCLCTitle authority data from Online Computer Library Center.emptyoptional

Additional information

The template is intended to be used in the following namespaces: all namespaces

The template is intended to be used by the following user groups: all users

Relies on:
{{language}}, {{city}}, {{ISOdate}}, {{Anonymous}}, {{Author}}


{{Information}}, {{Artwork}}


This template is localized by utilizing MediaWiki namespace messages. These can be translated at translatewiki.net (current translations).

Example usage

For example the source code of the book description at Category:Geometria by Augustin Hirschvogel is:

| Author = Augustin Hirschvogel
| Date = 1543
| Image = Fotothek df tg 0003618 Geometrie ^ Architektur ^ Perspektive ^ Polyeder.jpg
| Language = German
| Source = Scan of original book from [[w:de:Deutsche Fotothek|Deutsche Fotothek]]
| Subtitle = Das Bvch Geometria ist mein Namen, All Freye Kvnst Avs Zvm Ersten Kamen, Ich Bring Architectvra vnd Perspectiva zvsamen
| Title = Geometria

For an example of the usage on a multi-image DjVu file see the implementation at: File:Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De Occulta Philosophia) (1651).djvu, the code follows:

|Author={{creator:Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim}}
|Translator={{creator:John French}}
|Title=Three Books of Occult Philosophy
|Series title=
|Publisher=Gregory Moule
|Description={{en|Original 1651 English translation by [[John French (physician)|John French]] of [[w:De occulta philosophia libri tres|De occulta philosophia libra III (Three Books of Occult Philosophy)]] by [[w:Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa|Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa]]}}
|Source=http://archive.lib.msu.edu/AFS/dmc/arts/public/all/threebooksoccult/ANL.pdf [[w:Michigan State University|Michigan State University]] Libraries: [http://digital.lib.msu.edu/collections/index.cfm?TitleID=247 Digital Collections] individual pages are also available as .GIFs from the same source
|Image=Three Books of Occult Philosophy (De Occulta Philosophia) (1651).djvu
|Image page=5
|Wikisource=s:en:Three Books of Occult Philosophy
| Other_versions = [[:File:De Occulta Philosophia Libri III (1533).djvu|De Occulta Philosophia libri III (1533)]] (Latin); [[:File:Magische Werke (De Occulta Philosophia) (1855).djvu|Magische Werke (Book II) (1855)]] (German)  

the same format would work with a multi-image pdf.