Pressbooks working with Ryerson University on eCampusOntario grant: “Open Publishing Infrastructure”

We are very very excited to announce that we’re working with eCampusOntario and Ryerson University to improve Pressbooks as an Open Textbook authoring tool, under the just-announced eCampusOntario project: “Open Publishing Infrastructure for Ontario Post-Secondary Educators, Learners.” Most of the development work we undertake under this grant will be released as open source improvements to

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Dac is back!

Big news at Pressbooks headquarters: Dac is back! Dac Chartrand worked in the early days of Pressbooks (taking over from the also-awesome Janina Szkut), and did a huge job of re-architecting the system back in 2011, in particular moving Pressbooks from a LaTeX based PDF output system (ouch!) to an all-HTML+CSS system, including PDF. Yay,

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We’ve Made the Cover Generator Better!

Many print-on-demand suppliers (including IngramSpark) request that cover images be at least 300DPI. To ensure that our cover generator is creating covers that meet this requirement, we have added a check during the image upload process that will verify whether your image is large enough to export at the right resolution for your trim size.

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10 Things to Know When Formatting Your Ebook

Back by popular demand! Here are the top things authors need to know as they go to compile an ebook. 1. Ebook development is not the same as web development. A Web developer knows how to develop Web sites that will look good in a browser. An ebook developer designs books that will look good on ereader

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Upcoming Training for Indie Publishers: IBPA

The IBPA Publishing University conference is designed to help self-published authors and indie publishers take their craft to the next level. We’ll be there, and we hope you will too! The annual event will be held April 7-8 this year in Portland, Oregon. Pressbooks marketing manager Elizabeth Mays will be presenting a session on the

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Latest Updates to the Pressbooks System

By Zoe Wake Hyde If you’ve ever tried a new feature in Pressbooks, you know that we’re always trying to improve our system and make it work for you, our users. But what you might not know is that behind the scenes, we’re making regular updates and changes, many of which you won’t ever notice.

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2017 Publishing Trends for Authors and the Industry

By Lauren Wise Midnight Publishing The publishing landscape is always evolving; and it’s not slow, like water carving out canyons. It peaks and dips, like shifting sand dunes—and the winds of change have been strong in the past 10 years on all angles. Even though there wasn’t a big book hit in 2016, the industry is

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Remove the Watermarks from Your Book Files for Less This Week

Go Pro for Less This Week! Remove the Ads from Your Book Files Before Jan. 31 & Save 40%  If you’re serious about publishing, you’ll want to remove the watermarks (ads) from your files. You can do that anytime before you publish your book, but this week it will cost you less…40% less! Upgrades are normally $19.99

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