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
Free at last! The Pressbooks plugin is now free/open source software.
We’ve been promising this for a while, and today it is a reality: PressBooks, the CMS for books, is released as a free software/open source plugin, under a GPL v2.0 license.
- DOWNLOAD: download the plugin from our download page.
- LICENSE: GPL v2.0.
- BUG REPORTS/PATCHES: please use our PB Dev Google Group.
About Using the Plugin (requirements/dependencies)
- !!!IMPORTANT!!! The PressBooks plugin is built to be used with a fresh install of WordPress Multisite. It should NOT be used with an existing WordPress blog.
- PressBooks requires PHP 5.4.x and WordPress 3.5.1 or greater.
- In order to export to PDF, PressBooks requires that you install PrinceXML (or an alternate PDF engine). Prince is not free software.
- REPEAT: DO NOT USE PRESSBOOKS WITH AN EXISTING WORDPRESS SITE.
Why We Went Open Source
For book publishing to evolve to fully embrace digital, we need open tools that allow for experimentation with new technologies, and new models, business and otherwise.
We are building PressBooks to be the best tool with which to explore this future.
In the mean time, we are also making PressBooks the best tool right now for making ebooks and print books (and webbooks!).
PressBooks is a book CMS that outputs: webbooks, typeset PDFs, EPUB and MOBI, and a growing handful of more exotic XML formats. All outputs (including PDF) are driven by CSS. PressBooks is a plugin to be used with a fresh install of WordPress Multisite (and not with an existing WordPress blog). The PressBooks plugin is released as Free/Open Source Software under the GPL v2.0 license.
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