It has been one busy month at PressBooks worldwide HQ, here’s a quick summary:
1. PressBooks is now open source
The big news: we released the PressBooks plugin as free software. This won’t have any impact on PressBooks.com users, but you can read here for more info.
2. New features and improvements
We have a handful of new features/improvements (as well as tons of bug fixes you won’t notice). I’m missing a bunch, but here are some of them:
- New PDF Options: We’ve added some new page sizes, and the ability to add crop-marks.
- Word Footnotes: if you are copying Word files with Word-formatted footnotes into PressBooks, there is now a little toolbar button (it looks like a Window!) … that will convert to PressBooks footnote format.
- EPUB/Mobi Validation: we are validating all outputs now, if you would like to receive validation error notices on your outputs, go to: Settings –> Advanced –> Email me validation reports: “Yes. Send the logs.”
- Internal Links: should work now, so if you add a link in your book which is “/chapter/chapter-name” … the internal links should be parsed correctly in ebooks, the web, as well as PDF.
- Chinese users?: contact us if you would like to try out our new experimental “PressBooks in Chinese” feature.
3. In the press, around the web
We got some nice write-ups here and there recently:
- Techcrunch: PressBooks Goes Open Source To Let Authors Create Book Sites In Seconds
- Pando Daily: Indie book publishing platform PressBooks goes open source, embraces print
- Chris Brogan (podcast): Publish Your Own Ebook with Hugh McGuire of Pressbooks
- About.com: Write Your Next Novel with PressBooks
4. Here’s a book indie authors should read
PressBooks user Evo Terra just published this, which I read and liked, and you might like it too: “Writing Awesome Sales Copy (A Modern Indie Author’s Guide)”
That’s it for now.
Please get in touch if you have questions, kudos, complaints or suggestions.