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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A Must Read for Indie Authors (Built on Pressbooks!)

Sherrie Wilkolaski’s Publishing Architect’s Blueprint: Self-Publishing Fundamentals There’s a new book out on self-publishing, and it’s one you’ll want to read! Built on Pressbooks by longtime publishing pro Sherrie Wilkolaski, “Publishing Architect’s Blueprint: Self-Publishing Fundamentals” is full of expert and detailed advice to help authors become successful publishers of their works. In the book, Wilkolaski,

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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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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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