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 founder Hugh McGuire will speak at the Open Education 2015 Conference this week in Vancouver.
McGuire’s talk, “Small Pieces, Loosely Joined”: How Making Open Textbooks (Could Be) Like Making Public Domain Audiobooks,” will take place at 11 a.m. PST Friday, Nov. 20.
A “literary technologist,” McGuire is the founder of Librivox, the world’s largest library of free, public domain audiobooks as well as iambik, a similar product with a commercial model. He also is the founder of the Pressbooks platform, which has enabled writers to produce professional-looking books for the ebook and print-on-demand markets and streamlined the book layout process for conventional book publishers. A new version, Pressbooks EDU, is currently being used to further the development of open textbooks projects across North America.
Pressbooks EDU 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.
Attendees to the Open Education conference include educators, academic administrators, librarians and others interested in advancing the open education ecosystem. This year’s conference will focus on the impact of open content.
You can learn more about Pressbooks’ open textbook publishing platform at pressbooks.com/for-academia/ and follow the Open Education conference at #OpenEd15.