Planned deprecation notice: Pressbooks LTI Provider plugin

IMS Global recently announced that they will no longer certify legacy versions of LTI after June 30, 2021. They also announced that all support for pre-LTI 1.3 versions will end on June 30, 2022.

Due to this specification being retired, we will be discontinuing active development of our Pressbooks LTI Provider plugin and archiving the repository. Like other plugins and themes that we have previously archived, this repository will remain publicly available in read-only mode, though we will be unable to provide support for users who wish to maintain or extend the project.

For our PressbooksEDU clients, we have developed and maintain an IMS Global certified replacement plugin, which supports the LTI 1.3 specification as well as the Assignment and Grade Services extension. We call this product ‘Pressbooks Results for LMS’. It is currently available as an optional add-on for our SaaS clients. For more information, please contact our sales team directly.

Planned Deprecation Notice: MOBI exports

Last year, Amazon announced that they were discontinuing their KindleGen command line tool that Pressbooks uses to generate MOBI files, and Amazon recommended that users use EPUB format for publishing new reflowable titles and updating previously published titles in the Kindle ecosystem.

Because the tool we use to generate MOBI files is no longer supported, and Amazon suggests delivering EPUBs into their ecosystem, we have decided to remove support for MOBI exports from the Pressbooks platform in a forthcoming release.

Going forward, our flowable ebook export efforts will focus exclusively on the EPUB format. Users who still wish to produce MOBI files for personal use will be encouraged to generate these files using Pressbooks EPUB exports and freely available desktop applications like Kindle Previewer or Calibre.

If you’re interested in tracking the progress of this task, please see this GitHub issue: https://github.com/pressbooks/pressbooks/issues/2193

Monthly Product Update 5/27/21

Hi all it’s that time again — our monthly Pressbooks product update will be held tomorrow (Thursday, May 27) from 2-3pm ET.

The webinar will include a demonstration of new features and bug fixes we’ve released in the last month and a preview of the nearly completed Pressbooks Directory redesign. We will also include time for you to share news & updates about any general interest Pressbooks-related projects you’ve been working on.

See this more detailed agenda for the Zoom link. Hope to see some of you there!

Monthly Product Update 3/25/21

It’s hard to believe it’s already the last Thursday of the month, but it is, which means that we’ll be holding our next product update webinar TODAY (Thursday, March 25) from 2-3pm ET.

This webinar will include general product updates and a demonstration of new features and designs being planned for Pressbooks Directory. We will also include time for you to share news & updates about any general interest Pressbooks-related projects you’ve been working on.

See a more detailed agenda for details, including the meeting link. Hope to see some of you virtually soon!

Monthly Product Update 2/24/21

We’ll be holding our next product update webinar on Thursday, February 24, 2021 from 2-3pm ET. This webinar will include general product updates and a demonstration of new features being developed for the Pressbooks Directory. As always, the webinar will also include time for you to share news & updates about any Pressbooks-related development projects you’ve been working on.

See a more detailed agenda for details, including the meeting link. Hope to see some of you virtually this tomorrow!

Monthly Product Update 1/28/21

We’ll be holding our next product update webinar on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 2-3pm ET. This webinar will include general product updates and a demonstration of new features/functionality available in the Pressbooks Directory. As always, the webinar will also include time for you to share news & updates about any Pressbooks-related development projects you’ve been working on.

See a more detailed agenda for details, including the meeting link. Hope to see some of you virtually this Thursday!

Monthly Product Update Rescheduled

There will be no monthly product update webinar this week (Thursday falls on the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States). Instead, we’ll be hosting a Pressbooks Directory launch webinar next Thursday, December 3rd, from 2-3pm ET. In this webinar, we’ll be unveiling and providing a tour of our newly released Pressbooks Directory. The webinar will feature a hands on demonstration of how it can be used to find books from across several PressbooksEDU networks for adoption and adaptation, and a discussion of how self-hosted and open source networks can request to have their networks included in the Directory. See a more detailed agenda for details, including the meeting link. Hope to see many of you there!

Monthly Product Update 10/29/20

We’ll be holding our next product update webinar on Thursday, October 29 from 2-3pm ET. This webinar will include general product updates and a pre-launch demonstration of our long-awaited Pressbooks Directory. As always, the webinar will also include time for you to share news & updates about any Pressbooks-related development projects you’ve been working on.

See a more detailed agenda for details, including the meeting link. Hope to see some of you virtually this Thursday!