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Open e-Textbooks for Access to Music Education

Open e-Textbooks for Access to Music Education

This is the blog of the Open e-Textbooks for Access to Music Education project. This project is a collaboration between the Reid School of Music and Education, Design and Engagement, and is generously funded by a Student Experience Grant.

Open Book Platforms Research: Pressbooks

Pressbooks is an open-source content management system designed for creating books that exports in multiple formats such as PDF, EPUB, MOBI, Webbook, and HTML. This platform integrates WordPress for web content management and it is best known for its use of Webbooks to produce and distribute open educational resources (OER) 

Pressbooks is designed forbut not limited to, educational institutions, but also small publishers and individual authors. A great thing about this platform is the integration of WordPress which is a known interface for the us and would make the process much easier. To publish the content, we need to upload text and media, select a range of edit option on the platform including styles, and finally select in which formats we like to export it. Pressbooks also offers unlimited ability to edit, update, and (re)export books through its simple interface and also has a daily backup system.  

The team’s concern about Pressbooks is that, to have access to this software, we will have to ask the IT staffs of the university if it would be possible to host and maintain our own Pressbooks network as we cannot publish this project as an individual publisherAlso, we also took account of the pricing option for Pressbooks as it uses subscription packages.  

Visit for more information about Pressbooks. 


This post was written collaboratively by our Open Textbook Interns, Ana Reina Garcia, Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu, and Kari Ding.

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