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
Writers and Publishers,
In this month’s newsletter, we help you take your book from idea to completion–from getting your manuscript into Pressbooks to exporting it for publication and even sourcing your cover.
- Save on PDF Upgrades!
- Getting your book into Pressbooks
- Making your book look professional
- Why print on demand?
- Q&A: Pressbooks user Ben Macklin
- Discount on book covers from OctagonLab
- Featured partner: Grub Street
- Interview with Hugh on the PigeonLab blog
1. Through this weekend: 25% off PDF packages
Through Sunday, Aug. 3, we’re offering a great deal on our PDF+ebook export package. Get 25% off using the code JULYPDF.
* Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
* include the link (web address) to the book you would like to upgrade;
* add the discount code in the subject line.
2. Easier imports
We’ve been working hard to make it even easier to get your book into Pressbooks, no matter where you are in the writing process. You can write in Pressbooks, copy and paste, import your book from Word, go blog-to-book or even import a published book as an EPUB file to rework it. Visit the links for new guide chapters with directions for each scenario.
3. Publish like a pro
Does your book file look self-published? It’s probably just a question of hidden markup messing up your formatting. Good news: This is simple to fix. Learn more about good markup and bad markup and how to make your export look its best.
4. Why print on demand?
While it’s great to be able to read a book on your phone wherever you are, there’s still something to be said for the magic of curling up with a good (printed) book. Print-on-demand venues like IngramSpark and CreateSpace let you give readers that old-school experience, for as little as $0 to $49 in setup.
5. Pressbooks streamlines workflow for book producer
For Ben Macklin, publishing runs in the family. The son of well-known Australian writer Robert Macklin, Ben formed BWM Books with his father. The company provides an array of services to help authors get their books produced and published, and helps to market them as well. Ben uses Pressbooks to streamline production and recommends it to authors wanting to DIY. Here’s how he uses Pressbooks.
6. Need a book cover?
OctagonLab provides high-quality, affordable book-cover design services with satisfaction guaranteed. Pressbooks users get 20% off when ordering a cover from OctagonLab. To redeem, use the code pressbooks20 at checkout.
7. Take your writing to the next level
GrubStreet is one of the nation’s leading creative writing centers, helping writers produce their best work through classes, manuscript consultations and events. GrubStreet offers more than 600 classes and events per year for writers of all walks. Check out their offerings at grubstreet.org.
8. Interview with Hugh on the PigeonLab blog
There’s an interview with Hugh over at the PigeonLab blog, about Pressbooks and the state of the ebook market.
As always, feel free to contact us anytime with feedback or questions at email@example.com.
All the Best,