From a children’s publishing expert:
a dummy book is a page-by-page mockup of a book in progress
Picture books usually have about thirteen spreads, each with text and artwork. Illustrators create dummies all the time in order to plot out the story, to check out how the story develops and how it fits into the format.
Authors should dummy up their stories as well.
Does the text have good ‘page turns?’ Is it too long (or too short)? Does it hook the reader from the start?
Usually when authors create dummy books, they find many ways to improve their manuscript.
If you save your dummy book as a ‘private book’ then the search engines can’t see it and only you have the link. You can share the link, of course, with a select group of others (for example, your editor or critique group) so they can see the dummy.
If the book is in ‘public’ mode, then anyone can see it, including search engines.
You can make up to three dummy books for free. To make more (as many more as you like) you should join the Ourboox Premium plan.
No, it can be in practically any language. It can also be flipped from right to left (for dummy books in Hebrew or Arabic).
Sure, any time you like.
To add artwork, just click on the ‘artwork’ button in the editor.
You can add jpeg or png files (and several at the same time). Keep in mind that if there is any text on the page, the artwork will erase it.