We’re adding yet another perk to PressbooksEDU networks: a discussion space in our Pressbooks Community specifically for network managers of EDU hosted networks. All current and future PressbooksEDU network managers will be invited to connect, interact, and share ideas with others in similar roles in this forum. Our decision to create this new community space
It has been one busy month at PressBooks worldwide HQ, here’s a quick summary:
1. PressBooks is now open source
The big news: we released the PressBooks plugin as free software. This won’t have any impact on PressBooks.com users, but you can read here for more info.
2. New features and improvements
We have a handful of new features/improvements (as well as tons of bug fixes you won’t notice). I’m missing a bunch, but here are some of them:
- New PDF Options: We’ve added some new page sizes, and the ability to add crop-marks.
- Word Footnotes: if you are copying Word files with Word-formatted footnotes into PressBooks, there is now a little toolbar button (it looks like a Window!) … that will convert to PressBooks footnote format.
- EPUB/Mobi Validation: we are validating all outputs now, if you would like to receive validation error notices on your outputs, go to: Settings –> Advanced –> Email me validation reports: “Yes. Send the logs.”
- Internal Links: should work now, so if you add a link in your book which is “/chapter/chapter-name” … the internal links should be parsed correctly in ebooks, the web, as well as PDF.
- Chinese users?: contact us if you would like to try out our new experimental “PressBooks in Chinese” feature.
3. In the press, around the web
We got some nice write-ups here and there recently:
- Techcrunch: PressBooks Goes Open Source To Let Authors Create Book Sites In Seconds
- Pando Daily: Indie book publishing platform PressBooks goes open source, embraces print
- Chris Brogan (podcast): Publish Your Own Ebook with Hugh McGuire of Pressbooks
- About.com: Write Your Next Novel with PressBooks
4. Here’s a book indie authors should read
PressBooks user Evo Terra just published this, which I read and liked, and you might like it too: “Writing Awesome Sales Copy (A Modern Indie Author’s Guide)”
That’s it for now.
Please get in touch if you have questions, kudos, complaints or suggestions.