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
Pressbooks EDU founder Hugh McGuire will conduct a webinar on building the open textbooks ecosystem for Library Publishing Coalition members.
Space for this webinar is limited to LPC members. LPC members should contact Sarah Lippincott to RSVP.
If you are interested in arranging a Pressbooks webinar for your organization, contact us.
Open, Networked Textbooks: Building an Ecosystem
Date: Monday, Oct. 19, 2016, 2 p.m. Eastern
There is a huge and important push in academia towards Open Textbooks. This is as much about academia controlling the tools of their information trade as it is about lowering costs and increasing accessibility for students. This webinar will explore some thoughts about how the Open Textbook movement can become a thriving ecosystem, and how university library and academic publishing centers can contribute to making that vision a reality.
“Literary technologist” Hugh McGuire is the founder of LibriVox, a open source publisher of public domain audiobooks, and pressbooks.com, an online book production platform. Pressbooks is being used by a variety of Open Textbook projects, including BC Campus (in Canada), University of Minnesota, Lumen Learning and others. Pressbooks recently launched Pressbooks EDU, focused on academia, and in particular Open Textbooks.
Hugh is also co-editor, with Brian O’Leary, of Book: a Futurist’s Manifesto — Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing, published by O’Reilly in 2012.
Pressbooks EDU can turn any faculty, department or library into a mini-publisher, giving them the ability to create books that are accessible on all platforms: in print, and on all smartphones, tablets, Kindles and computers. In addition to supporting open textbooks projects, Pressbooks is already working in academia, by powering the publication of scholarly monographs, course texts, dissertations and other documents. Pressbooks clients include The University of Minnesota Press, Tufts University School of Medicine, Michigan Publishing at the University of Michigan Library, Harvard Business Review Press and Fortress Press.