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Scalar Feature Update: Annotation Sidebar

We’re pleased to announce that the powerful annotation plugin developed by the folks at is now a fully supported feature in Scalar books. Good for reader responses, collaborative authoring and even copyediting, allows users to highlight, comment on and form discuss threads around selections of text in a Scalar book.

The annotation feature set is accessed within Scalar books via the sidebar (shown below). To enable the sidebar in your Scalar book head over to the “Sharing” tab in your Scalar Dashboard and select “Yes” under “Reviewability.” Then click “Save.” The sidebar will now appear on each page of your Scalar book.

Once the sidebar is launched, users are free to comment on selections of text and to set those comments to either public or private. In the public mode, all future visitors can view those comments in the sidebar and reply to them if desired.
While users must have a account in order to make or reply to comments (to sign up for a account, simply launch the sidebar and click Sign In > Create an Account) public comments are viewable to all visitors. thus allows per-paragraph, per-sentence and even per-word commenting for readers. It also allows groups of authors on a project to comment on and generate discussion threads around textual elements in a Scalar book.

More information on the project can be found at their website, here. To learn more about using the plugin itself, cick here.

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