18 Definitions

Cloned Book

A cloned version is considered a book on our Pressbooks network that has very minor surface changes (for example book cover), but the content itself is essentially the same.

Example: The book Organizational Communication. Ryan McPherson cloned this book. His changes to the content were minimal, so he kept the authors’ original names on the book.

According to the Queen’s Open Textbook Authoring Guide:

There is no need to name the adapting author in this statement. This information should either be included on the Book Info page as a main author OR if you want to indicate which author wrote/adapted which chapter, you can use the Chapter Author option at the bottom of each chapter/web page in Pressbooks.

Adaptation/Derivative Book

“Adaptation” means a work based upon the Work, or upon the Work and other pre-existing works, such as a translation, adaptation, derivative work, arrangement of music or other alterations of a literary or artistic work, or phonogram or performance and includes cinematographic adaptations or any other form in which the Work may be recast, transformed, or adapted including in any form recognizably derived from the original…


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