Pressbooks: WordCamp Minneapolis 2013

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PressBooks launched as a SAAS offering in 2011 to facilitate the easy creation and publishing of ‘electronic first’ books (epub, mobi, etc) that can also be printed (traditionally and on …

PressBooks launched as a SAAS offering in 2011 to facilitate the easy creation and publishing of ‘electronic first’ books (epub, mobi, etc) that can also be printed (traditionally and on demand).

In February 2013, an open source version was released further democratizing the creation and publishing of ebooks and print-on-demand publishing.

We’ll cover how to install PressBooks OS, pros and cons of the hosted vs. open source version, and how to publish your first book using the tool.

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  • 1. BECOMING ANINDEPENDENTPUBLISHER WITHPRESSBOOKS ANDWORDPRESSNICK CISKE@NCISKENICK@THOUGHTREFINERY.COM#WCMPLS
  • 2. I build Genesis child themes and custom pluginsOWNER, THOUGHT REFINERY
  • 3. I decoded a supposed binary message from aliensANCIENT ALIENS
  • 4. Back to realityENOUGH ALIENS
  • 5. It does blogs, right?ONLINE PUBLISHING
  • 6. Becoming a web app framework option…MOST POPULAR WEB CMS
  • 7. Last 1.5 years helping start Believers Press6 YEARS IN BOOK PRINTING & SELFPUBLISHING
  • 8. My first… and last article was about the PressBooks launchPUBLISHED ON WP CANDY
  • 9. I was pretty excited…MATT MULLENWEG COMMENTED ON IT
  • 10. And make sure it’s GPL v2.0 or compatible!OPEN SOURCE ALL THE THINGS
  • 11. PressBooks announced it was going open sourceABOUT A YEAR LATER…
  • 12. PB.COM VS OPEN SOURCEFREEMIUM/SAAS• Free to use• No setup• PB makes moneyon premiumservices• Distributionpartnershipsthrough 3rd partiesGPL PLUGINRequires• PHP 5.4• Fresh WP multisite• PrinceXML (PDF)• Mobigen (Kindle,free)• Shell access orwilling host• You distribute
  • 13. Per server, for commercial use. After a 10% PressBooks discount.Less for academics. Free for non-commercial.PRINCE XML LICENSE = $3,400
  • 14. Previously supported by PressBooks, may return in the futureWIKIPUBLISHER
  • 15. No integration that I know of (but you can contribute one -- the joy of open source)WEASY PRINT
  • 16. PressBooks.comDEMO
  • 17. Open Source PluginDEMO
  • 18. github.com/pressbooksGITHUB
  • 19. Ink on ground up dead treesSELF PUBLISHING BOOKS
  • 20. The next great American novelFICTION
  • 21. NON FICTION
  • 22. DIGITAL FIRST WORKFLOW
  • 23. Get feedback (comments) as you write the book!CROWD SOURCED BOOKS
  • 24. Bits in plastic and steelEBOOKS
  • 25. Product or software documentationUSES
  • 26. I may have answers…QUESTIONS?