Pressbooks Blog

Two Lovely Reviews of PressBooks

We recently got two lovely reviews of PressBooks from a couple of different kinds of users: Moultie Creek Gazette, a blog which focuses on the writing of local and family histories, and which has written about PressBooks before, has a nice run-down of how PressBooks can be used to make local history and family history

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An API for Books – Presentation at Tools of Change

I recently presented a workshop at the Tools of Change conference entitled: An API for Books. My co-presenter was Alistair Croll, my good friend and a frighteningly smart big data expert and author of Lean Analytics (which you should read). The nice thing about Alistair is that he has nothing to do with the publishing

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PressBooks 2.0 – Out with the Old in with the New

Dear PressBookers, We may have been quiet, but we have been extremely busy at PressBooks worldwide HQ. Since November, PressBooks has been completely rebuilt, and we turned over the switch yesterday. For an overview of how to use the “new PressBooks,” please see our new guide: 4-Step Guide to Making a Book in PressBooks (which you can

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Upgrading PressBooks

Hi all, we’re doing a rather big upgrade of PressBooks… underway at the moment. There will likely be some interruption of service. Stay tuned.

APIs for Books: Article on O’Reilly Blog

I’ve got a long article up at O’Reilly, “A Publisher’s Job Is to Provide a Good API for Books.” The main premise is that building a good index for an ebook is the same thing as building a good API. If you add some more metadata to your index entries, you can make a great

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Pando Daily on PressBooks

From the Pando Daily: What does an open-source book publishing platform look like? We’re about to find out What both the New York Times and PressBooks are showing is that our understanding of what constitutes an ebook is only in its infancy. If an open-source approach can, Firefox-like, push innovation in publishing further, our current

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PressBooks Going Open Source

PressBooks is going open source. We will be releasing PressBooks as a WordPress plugin (to be used on a stand-alone WordPress install), under the open source GPL license, target release date: end of January, 2013. See below for more info, and some answers to questions you might have. And please get in touch if you’d like to know

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Askmen launches ebook program on PressBooks

We are delighted to announce that AskMen, the No. 1 men’s lifestyle magazine online, has launched an ebook publishing program with the PressBooks Publisher platform — which provides a public-facing book catalog/website, along with ebook book production. When we got started with PressBooks, one thing that excited us most was the idea of new book publishers (not

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Shoutout on Twitter

@hughmcguire But I’ve really come to love PressBooks. It’s just wonderful. — Alexis C. Madrigal (@alexismadrigal) December 5, 2012

Pressbooks, Monographs and Maxwell

From John Maxwell, in “Pressbooks, Monographs, and the Essence of the Book”: In light of this, Hugh McGuire’s Pressbooks project is a milestone. It represents a critical step towards (or perhaps a critical achievement in) reducing “the book” to its fundamental webby fluidity (as opposed to its stable ink and paperness), while preserving that guiding

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