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Several guides are available to help open textbook authors:
iBooks Author: This free software from Apple is easy to use when creating iBooks. The software is only for Mac computers, and iBooks can be viewed only on iPads and Mac computers. Supporting resources:
OER Commons - Links to the authoring platform from OER Commons. Use Module Builder to create interactive content or Open Author to create course materials using text, files, images, etc. You will be prompted to set up an account to use this platform.
Pressbooks: This web-based software lets you create ebooks in a variety of formats: PDF, Kobi (for Kindle), Epub, and others. The basic version is free (after you register). Subscribers get premium features. This software is a product of WordPress. Because the UA is a member of the Open Textbook Network, we have free access to a Pressbooks account. Please contact Cheryl Cuillier if you're interested in creating an open textbook.
The Open Textbook Network has published a guide, Modifying an Open Textbook: What You Need to Know, which focuses on the technological aspects of editing open textbooks found in the Open Textbook Library or elsewhere, and will help you assess the effort, expertise, and technical tools needed. In addition, this guide includes step-by-step instructions for importing and editing common open textbook file and platform types. Finally, this guide provides a basic overview of accessibility considerations and general guidance on where to find additional help.
ASU employees and students have free access to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for editing PDFs .
Accessibility in Open Educational Resources is Resilience - NEW in 2021 from OER and Beyond, the Official Blog of the International Journal of Open Educational Resources
PCC Guide to Web Accessibility for Online Classes - Step by step guides to making course materials accessible, contact information for support at PCC, and a link to PCC's Web Accessibility Handbook.
BC Campus OpenEd Accessibility Toolkit - Addresses the needs of users with limited vision or other disabilities in accessing your OER.
University of Georgia Accessibility Resources - Includes a helpful list of questions about accessibility.
Pub101 is open to Open Education Network members. Consortia may extend this invitation to their institutions.
Pub101 is designed for project managers and OER librarians. It focuses on what’s involved in creating a publishing program, rather than how to write a textbook or use a particular publishing platform.
This section will feature NEW OER titles.