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Project Distributes Hundreds of Free Ebooks in Tamil Language

The freetamilebooks.com site makes hundreds of free ebooks available to readers in the Tamil language. About 15 volunteers compile Creative Commons-licensed writings by popular bloggers into ebook format using Pressbooks.com, then publish them on the freetamilebooks.com site. Started in 2013, freetamilebooks.com has released 210 ebooks to date. Each book gets downloaded at least 500 times,

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Testing Pressbooks’ Kindle Output on iPhones and iPads (MOBI7, KF8, AZK, gahhh)

If you test your Pressbooks output of Kindle files on your iPad/iPhone, it will look not look very nice. But the files that people actually buy from Kindle on iOS devices will look fine. Here is why: Pressbooks uses Amazon’s Kindlegen software to create the MOBI export (which converts from the EPUB file generated by

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Create interior PDFs for Print on Demand

Australian self-publishing guru Emily Craven, of E-Book Revolution, has made a wonderful video that explains how she used Pressbooks to produce the PDFs she needed to get her book into a Print-on-Demand service, meaning that her books are not just available as ebooks, but as paper books too. Here is a video she produced, walking

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Book as URL (presentation at IDFP/Book Expo)

I was asked to present in the opening session of the IDPF conference at Book Expo as part of a panel: “The Evolving Digital Book: 4 Visionary Perspectives,” with Corey Pressman, Richard Nash and Craig Mod. The slides are below, and here is my proposal for the responsibilities of a publisher or author of a book:

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PressBooks Design Principles & Objectives

I gave a presentation yesterday, at the Berlin Publisher Forum, talking about the design principles behind PressBooks, and our objectives (see slides below). Three Design Principles underpinning PressBooks PressBooks should be easy for anyone to use (even me). Input text once / output in every format: EPUB, MOBI, WEB AND PRINT. The web will win

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PressBooks is now on Github

The PressBooks open source plugin for WordPress has moved to GitHub. You can find us here: https://github.com/pressbooks. When we launched the open source version of the PressBooks WordPress Plugin in February, we put the code up on Google Code, and were using an SVN repository. We did this for a few reasons: while we were

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PressBooks New Feature: Customize Your CSS!

Today we are launching the feature that really reveals the real power of PressBooks: our CSS editor. In this post I’m going to tell you why this is exciting, and give a quick tutorial about how to use the new PressBooks CSS editor. (Caveat: it’s not completely polished… please give us feedback). What Is CSS?

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Askmen’s Emma McKay on Ebook Analytics

Askmen, the online magazine for men, uses the PressBooks Publisher Platform as the production and management tool for their ebook publishing program. I sat down with Emma McKay, managing editor at Askmen and the force behind their foray into ebooks, to talk about what happens when an analytics-driven web publisher enters the ebook space. The

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Pressbooks Plugin Now Open Source

Free at last! The Pressbooks plugin is now free/open source software. We’ve been promising this for a while, and today it is a reality: PressBooks, the CMS for books, is released as a free software/open source plugin, under a GPL v2.0 license. Details DOWNLOAD: download the plugin from our download page. LICENSE: GPL v2.0. BUG

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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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