It’s time for us to lift the curtain on some major changes here at Pressbooks! We’ve spent a lot of time over the last month doing some much-needed maintenance across the platform, including theme improvements and changes to the user experience for institutions using single-sign on technology. These past weeks also included important work on
if:book australia just completed a 24 Hour Book, with 9 writers, written & produced on PressBooks in … 24 hours. The PressBooks output of a typeset PDF was sent to an Espresso Book Machine at Harvard, and a printed and bound version (as well as EPUB and PressBooks Web versions) was available before the clock struck midnight (Brisbane time).
Well, it’s been a crazy race around the clock face for the team here at if:book Australia. Nine writers, ten editors, one designer, a slew of bloggers, volunteers and coffee-bringers, and PressBooks, one amazing digital publishing platform, and somehow we have managed to produce a book. Not just write and edit one, but design and publish it in print and ebook form in 24 hours. A little less than 24 hours actually.
Here is the printed/bound book appearing before the hour-24 mark, out of an EBM at Harvard:
You can read a bit more about the project, and how to find the book here.