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Publish Digital Books and Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

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A hands-on workshop for UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff to understand how to use Pressbooks to publish digital books and open educational resources.

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Publish Digital Books and Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

  1. 1. Publish Digital Books and Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks Maria Gould Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian mgould@berkeley.edu | schol-comm@berkeley.edu April 26, 2018
  2. 2. Today’s workshop ● Intro to Pressbooks ● Use cases & examples ● How to get started ● 7 basic skills ● Practice / Q&A
  3. 3. What is Pressbooks?
  4. 4. UC Berkeley Pressbooks
  5. 5. Pressbooks is fast, flexible, fancy, friendly, and free! ● Publish immediately and often ● Export in multiple formats ● License work for reuse ● Choose professional templates ● Optimize texts for accessibility ● Easily migrate elsewhere ● Publish and host for free
  6. 6. What can you do with Pressbooks?
  7. 7. Use cases ● Textbooks ● Course modules ● Toolkits ● White papers ● And more!
  8. 8. Some examples ● Interactive language learning ● Collaborative anthology ● Biology textbook ● Course module ● How-to guide
  9. 9. Interactive language learning
  10. 10. Collaborative literature anthology
  11. 11. Biology textbook
  12. 12. UC Berkeley course module
  13. 13. Pressbooks how-to guide
  14. 14. Getting started
  15. 15. Create an account ❏ Username is permanent ❏ Use @berkeley.edu email ❏ Read terms of service ❏ Register book later ❏ Check email to activate account
  16. 16. Add A New Book
  17. 17. 1. Webbook address 2. Book title 3. Privacy Not changeable Changeable Enter book details
  18. 18. Dashboard view
  19. 19. Getting oriented
  20. 20. Dashboard view
  21. 21. Organize mode
  22. 22. Edit mode
  23. 23. Preview and save ● Click book title or “visit book” to view book ● “Preview” button opens new tab ● Auto-save and versioning
  24. 24. Privacy and other settings ● Book-level and chapter-level
  25. 25. General tips & tricks ● Many ways to do the same thing ● Book-level and section-level settings ● Keep tabs on your tabs ● Everything is reversible!
  26. 26. 7 basic things
  27. 27. 1. Add and format text
  28. 28. Using the text editor ● Similar to Word and other tools ● Visual and Text tab ● Auto-saves ● Mostly WYSIWG but always preview online too
  29. 29. Practice: Add and format text 1. Copy-paste 2. Heading styles 3. Linking 4. Tables 5. Text boxes
  30. 30. 2. Upload media
  31. 31. Tips for uploading media ● Accepted file formats: JPEG, PNG ● Consider copyright ● Include alt-text ● Use media library ● Videos: link instead of embed
  32. 32. Practice: uploading images ● Upload new image ● Insert image from media library ● Resize image ● Adjust wrapping ● Add a caption
  33. 33. 3. Add and organize chapters
  34. 34. Adding and organizing chapters ● Front & back matter can’t be deleted ● Check privacy and export settings ● Check permalinks after changing chapter order or chapter name
  35. 35. Practice: chapters ● Add new chapter ● Delete chapter ● Add a new part ● Move a chapter to a different part ● Add front matter ● Add back matter
  36. 36. 4. Add metadata details
  37. 37. Book metadata ● Title ● Author information ● Publisher information ● Copyright & license ● Remember to save!
  38. 38. Licensing tool ● Choose license ● Book-level and chaper-level ● License text generates automatically
  39. 39. Practice: metadata ● Change book title ● Choose a license ● Change license
  40. 40. 5. Add a cover image
  41. 41. Cover image ● Check sizing specs ● Cover generator available ● If you want title on the cover, add it to file before upload (or use generator) ● Remember to save
  42. 42. Practice: Cover image ● Add a cover image ● Try out the cover generator
  43. 43. 6. Choose a theme
  44. 44. Themes ● Preview before activating ● Change any time ● Affects chapter layout, so always check how it looks
  45. 45. Practice: Themes ● Browse themes ● Pick a theme ● Change the theme
  46. 46. 7. Export and publish
  47. 47. Exporting ● Check settings in Text > Organize ● Check theme settings ● Enable downloads ● Remember to re-export after edits
  48. 48. Go beyond the basics
  49. 49. Cool add-ons ● H5P (interactive elements) ● LaTeX ● Hypothes.is ● Markdown (coming soon, hopefully!)
  50. 50. Collaborate ● Add a new or existing user to your book ● Different options for roles and permissions
  51. 51. Publish your work ● Berkeley Open Books catalog ● UCB Library catalog ● Open Textbook Library ● Directory of Open Access Books ● eScholarship
  52. 52. Final notes
  53. 53. Final notes ● Don’t get overwhelmed ● Keep it simple ● Follow best practices ● We’re here to help!
  54. 54. Free play
  55. 55. Free play! ✔ Add a footnote ✔ Insert a table ✔ Insert a text box ✔ Insert a new part ✔ Add a collaborator ✔ Apply a section license ✔ Practice exporting Consult the workshop materials in the folder for more guidance
  56. 56. Thank you! mgould@berkeley.edu | schol-comm@berkeley.edu @UCB_ScholComm

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