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Creating a Book in Moodle

The 'book' module enables a teacher to create a multi-page resource in a book-like format, with chapters and subchapters. 'Books' can contain media files as well as text and are useful for displaying lengthy passages of information which can be broken down into sections.

A 'book' may be used:

  • To display reading material for individual modules of study
  • As a handbook
  • As a weekly text book

1. Click 'Add an activity or resource' in the Section/Topic where you want the link to the 'Book' to be.

2. Choose 'Book' from the list of 'Resources' and click the 'Add' button.

3. Type the Book 'Name' and a 'Description' if you wish.

TIP: By ticking the box under the 'Description' editing box, you can display the 'Description' on the main course page under the link to the 'Book' if you wish.

4. Scroll to the bottom of the settings page and Click 'Save and display'.

TIP: If you click 'Save and return to course' instead of 'Save and display' in the previous step, don't worry, all you need to do is click on the link to the 'Book' from the Moodle space and you'll be taken to the page to add your first chapter. You can also edit the 'Book settings' (name, description, appearance etc.) by clicking on edit to the right-side of the 'Book' link.


5. Type the 'Chapter title' and create the content of the first chapter in the 'Content' box, this can include text, images and embedded content such as YouTube. Notice you can switch to HTML to paste embed codes using the icon.

TIP: Use any number of pre-defined templates to add a bit of colour and improve the appearance of a chapter. A number of templates are available by clicking on theicon.

6. Once you have created your content, click 'Save Changes' under the 'Content' editing box.

7. Your first chapter will then be saved and be displayed.

The icons under the chapter in the 'Table of Contents' do the following:

  1. Edit the contents of the chapter
  2. Delete the individual chapter
  3. Hide the individual chapter
  4. Add a new chapter

8. If you click the icon to add a new chapter, you will then be able to name the new chapter and build the content in the same way as previous. Note however, that because you have created a first chapter that you can select the 'Subchapter button' where appropriate for any subsequent chapter.

9. You can follow this same process over and over by clicking the icon to create as many chapters as you wish. The new chapter, or Subchapter will be created after the chapter associated with whichever icon you choose. So for example, in the below screen-shot, if you wanted to create a Sample Subchapter 3.3, you would click on the directly below Sample Chapter 3. But it's also easy to move chapters up and down using the up and down arrows.

10. When 'editing is turned off' or you view your 'book' as a 'student', all of the icons will dissapear under each chapter in the 'Table of Contents' and it'll look a something like this:

TIP: If you want to remove the numbers to the left of the chapter names in the 'Table of Contents', click on the silver cog wheel and then 'Edit settings'.

Scroll down the settings page to 'Appearance' and you can change the 'Chapter formatting' to 'None' (most common), 'Bullets' or 'Indented'.

For more advanced guidance on Adding a 'Book' to Moodle please see:

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated October 2018.


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