News

The latest news and developments about our company, our product, and our team.

Seeking: Junior Front-end Designer/Developer for 2 month+ contract

We’re looking for a junior front-end web designer/developer for a 2 month contract (in Montreal) that could lead into a full-time job with for Pressbooks, an open source web-based book publishing platform. Ideally, you’ve worked with WordPress, know your way around CSS and SASS, and have a particular interest in books, reading, & writing. We

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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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Introducing: Hypothesis Annotations in Pressbooks

By Zoe Wake Hyde Pressbooks has recently added Hypothesis as an annotation and highlighting tool that can be added to your webbook. If you already know about Hypothesis, we think you’ll be quite excited by this, but if you’re not familiar, here’s what you need to know. What is Hypothesis? Hypothesis is a simple web annotation tool

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Book Marketing 101: What’s a Logline and Why You Need One

By Jenny Pivor Don’t Be a Bore! How a Logline can crystalize your marketing copy and help your writing too. Have you ever been cornered by a bore at a party? You know the one that I mean: he goes on and on, telling every detail (did you ask?) about some uninteresting topic and you

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10 Things Your Author Website Must Contain

Building your author website? Here are 10 things you’ll want to include. 1. Email Signup Capability Your author website should have three goals: Get potential readers to buy your books. Get potential readers to try your books, thereby becoming fans who might later buy your books. Collect readers and prospective readers’ contact information so that

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Pressbooks Year in Review: 2015

Thank You for Choosing Pressbooks! We’re taking a look at the Pressbooks year in review. It’s been an exciting year at Pressbooks, and we want to thank you for being part of it. We appreciate all you’ve done to support Pressbooks and help us grow. Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve been able to

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McGuire to Speak on Open Textbooks at #OpenEd15

Pressbooks founder Hugh McGuire will speak at the Open Education 2015 Conference this week in Vancouver. McGuire’s talk, “Small Pieces, Loosely Joined”: How Making Open Textbooks (Could Be) Like Making Public Domain Audiobooks,” will take place at 11 a.m. PST Friday, Nov. 20. A “literary technologist,” McGuire is the founder of Librivox, the world’s largest library

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Replay: Open Textbooks Webinar for Library Publishing Coalition

Earlier this month, Pressbooks founder Hugh McGuire conducted an open textbooks webinar for Library Publishing Coalition members. McGuire talked about how to build an ecosystem for open, networked textbooks. If you weren’t able to attend the webinar, you can watch it here.

Books from Pressbooks Authors

Every month, numerous books are created by Pressbooks authors and publishers. We thought we’d call a little attention to them here. The Incidental Spy: A Novella Best-selling crime author Libby Fischer Hellmann is well-known for historical thrillers. Her latest is The Incidental Spy, set during the time of the Manhattan Project. See more books by Hellman at

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