November & December Monthly Product Updates Cancelled

We’re cancelling the monthly Pressbooks product update webinar for November (US Thanksgiving) and December (holiday season), as the scheduled dates fell on days that we won’t be working. We will post written updates in the Community Forum and will be back hosting a webinar at our regularly scheduled time in January. Wishing you all a peaceful and kind end to 2021.

Monthly Product Update 10/28/21

Hi Open Source users! We will be hosting our monthly Pressbooks product update tomorrow (Thursday, October 28) from 2-3pm ET. The webinar will include a demonstration of recently released features and upcoming work at Pressbooks, along with a short introduction to Pressbooks Directory ‘collections’ from Travis Wall, the Pressbooks librarian. We’ll also include time for you to share news & updates about any general interest Pressbooks-related projects you’ve been working on. Here’s a more detailed agenda which includes the Zoom link for the meeting. As always, the demo portion will be recorded and shared on our YouTube channel afterwards.

Pressbooks 5.27.1

This past Thursday (September 30) we released a new version of Pressbooks which included several new contributor-related features that we’d been working hard on for the past several weeks (more about this in our guide). Unfortunately, the release also included an uncaught bug that resulted in the book home pages appearing broken (the page displayed the title/subtitle and then a blank page) for books which had a cached version of book info. We released a new version of Pressbooks (5.27.1) this afternoon which includes a bug fix for the issue. We recommend all open source users skip 5.27.0 and upgrade directly to 5.27.1

If you upgraded to 5.27.0 and noticed what looks like a broken home page for any of the books on your network, updating to 5.27.1 should resolve the issue. If it does not, we recommend clearing your browser cache and reload the page. If this does not resolve the display issue, please file a bug report in Pressbooks’ GitHub repo and we’d be happy to investigate further.

— Steel

Monthly Product Update 9/30/21

Hi Open Source users! We will be hosting our monthly Pressbooks product update tomorrow (Thursday, September 30) from 2-3pm ET. The webinar will include a demonstration of a very exciting set of new User Profile & ‘Contributor’-related features which you won’t want to miss! We’ll also include time for you to share news & updates about any general interest Pressbooks-related projects you’ve been working on. Here’s a more detailed agenda which includes the Zoom link for the meeting. As always, the demo portion will be recorded and shared on our YouTube channel afterwards.

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!