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.

Category: open textbooks

We’re incredibly proud to announce the publication of our Fundamentals of Music Theory open textbook, which is the first ebook to be hosted on Edinburgh Diamond, a new service provided by Edinburgh University Library that supports the publication of academic and student-led Open Access books and journals. This open textbook is the result of a project […]

After doing our research on the publishers that worked with open books, we got an idea of what we were aiming to have in our textbook and how we wanted it to be. To become more accessible and achieve wider public, we agreed that the textbook should be published in at least three main formats: HTML, EPUB […]

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 for, but not limited to, educational institutions, but […]

Manifold is a non-for-profit open-source platform created by the University of Minnesota press to read and publish e-books in multiple formats.  This platform is designed not only to publish but also to engage with readers and host discussions about the content published with varied tools such as annotation, sharing, highlighting, bookmarking, and commenting.   In relation to publishing our open e-textbook, Manifold was considered due to the simplicity of […]

GitHub is a provider of Internet hosting for software development and version control using Git. GitHub pages is a subsidiary of GitHub which presents its content in form of a website.  Although it is designed to be used by users with some experience of coding, this has been simplified using Jekyll.  Jekyll is an additional extension which transforms plain text into codes in form of a static […]

Image of an open book

To get this project started, the first task is to understand how are open textbooks and research the options that we can work with. We were asked to analyze and give our first thoughts about some existing publishers and platforms. I have consulted around 15 publishers and I would like to describe the main features […]

Image of an open book against an orange background

This blog post was written by Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu In order to develop more understanding for the creation of an open e-textbook, the three interns on this project — including myself — were tasked to explore a list of existing open textbooks by various publishers. Hence, I choose the following publisher’s outputs (BCCampus, Open Library Ontario, Open Stax, and Open Textbook Library) […]

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