New: Use Thema Subject Categories to Classify your Book!

Pressbooks now lets you categorize your book using Thema, a new global subject classification system for books. These subject categories will appear on the homepage of your webbook. For users on a hosted Pressbooks instance, these categories will help classify your book on your network’s catalog. Thema subject categories are free, and are already being

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Maintenance Notice for Pressbooks.com (Monday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

We’ve been making some long-awaited changes to improve Pressbooks’ infrastructure. There will be a brief period of downtime at Pressbooks.com as we migrate to new servers. We have done our best to schedule this maintenance window in a way that will minimize impact to most users. Pressbooks.com will be unavailable for scheduled maintenance for up

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Improved CSS Customization in Pressbooks

If you use custom CSS in Pressbooks, we’re making the experience better for you! You will now be able to add custom styles to your book without needing to inherit, search and edit the entire stylesheet for your theme, making things easier and more reliable over the long term. This improvement will: Make it easier

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Can you “clone” a Pressbooks book? You can now*!

Here at Pressbooks HQ we’ve been doing a whole lot more development work for the Open Textbook world, in our opinion the most exciting space in the world of publishing. For the uninitiated, an Open Textbook is an openly licensed (i.e. free) book that supports the “5Rs,” defined by David Wiley as the rights to:

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Better Math Equations, Import from Google Docs and more

We’ve made some updates to Pressbooks, and we think you’ll like them! First, if the books you produce include math equations, you’ll be happy to hear that LaTeX equations will now render better in high resolution in print outputs. (More improvements to come on this front!) And if you like to write in Google docs

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Preparing and uploading your images for Pressbooks

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and at Pressbooks, we want to make sure the images in your book are exported in the best way for print and/or digital formats. There are some nuances to getting this right, so here’s what you need to know. Prepare your images The first step is to

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New Support Widget & Knowledge Base

We’ve got a new and improved Pressbooks support widget! You can send us emails with questions about your book, or Pressbooks in general, straight from the widget. The widget is available on Pressbooks.com and our Pressbooks instance for Ingram Spark users. For new Pressbooks users, we’ve added a Quick Start Guide in the widget that

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Help Translate Pressbooks into French, Spanish, and German Languages

Pressbooks needs translators! We are very close to being entirely accessible in French, Spanish, and German, and are looking for volunteer translators to finish these projects. You can help translate Pressbooks, or find out more about this project on Transifex. Pressbooks is a simple open-source book production software that is used by small publishers, independent

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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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