PressBooks

Recently I came across this eBook The HLS Guide to Library School. One thing I liked straight away was how easy it was to open, and get reading. No setting up an account, no having to download to a reader, or anything else fiddly. So, I let my mouse do the walking and checked out PressBooks.

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Cost

Free! But, with all things free there are caveats. You’ll probably want to remove watermarks, get more storage, convert your ebook into a pdf (and yes, there’s a fee for that).

Whose Using It?

  • authors
  • publishers
  • technical writers
  • open access advocates
  • open textbooks
  • professors, teachers, instructors, students…(that’s us)

Templates

PressBook comes with five free templates, and there is an option to have one customized. But for those on a student budget “free” is plenty good.

Summary

Making an eBook through PressBooks appears to be fairly easy, and If you’ve ever posted to a WordPress blog you’ll feel right at home (dashboards are practically identical). PressBooks would be ideal for a group project, or a “How to guide…”

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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