Publish and Distribute

Publishing Your Open Textbook in Pressbooks

When you are ready to publish your work, please notify and we will ensure that it is made public and available in our catalogue of works. We will notify you as soon as this is complete.

File Types

Students like flexibility when it comes to their textbooks. Some may prefer printed versions of the textbook, while others will prefer using a website, and some may prefer reading using an e-reader or tablet.

To make your book as accessible as possible, MacEwan Open Books administrators will make your textbook available in multiple formats so students have the ability to choose the format that works for them (.pdf, .epub). This also includes editable files so that others can use your work to create their own adaptations (.xml).

Versioning History

Following publication, we strongly recommend maintaining a chapter entitled Versioning History in the back matter at the very end of your work similar to the one used in this guide to track any changes and updates to your work after it is made public.

Share Your Work

You can distribute your textbook by:

  • Providing students, your colleagues, and anyone else with a link to the book on Pressbooks
  • Asking the MacEwan University Library to catalogue your book, and sharing that link as well.

You can also consider sharing your work with the larger open community. One way to do this is by adding your textbook to an established repository or open textbook collection:

Note: Some of these require undergoing a formal review before being accepted.

When you publish an open textbook with MacEwan Open Books, we can work with you to ensure your work is discoverable by a wide audience. Contact us to discuss how we can help!


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MacEwan Open Textbook Authoring Guide by MacEwan University Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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