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Open Access (OA) Publishing for Faculty: Create and Publish Open Educational Resources (OER)

Answers to frequently asked questions about how the Library can support AUC faculty in open access publishing.

How Do I Create and Publish Open Educational Resources?

The AUC Woodruff Library offers the use of the PressBooks publishing platform for faculty to create their own open educational resources.  PressBooks is a versatile, user-friendly publishing platform educators can use to adapt, share and create open educational resources. Pressbooks is only one example of a creation tool for Open Education Resources. Check out this LibGuide for additional options. 

What is Pressbooks?

Pressbooks is an online software that enables authors and publishers to design and format any kind of book, including: PDF; EPUB; and Webbook.

Pressbooks is used by independent authors, small and medium-sized publishers, and educational institutions around the world. All book formats are produced using templates that are optimized to look great in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. File exports produced with Pressbooks can be exported and downloaded from Pressbooks and distributed or shared however you like.

If you would like more information about Pressbooks, visit the following link for more details.

Sample book in Pressbooks

FAQs for Pressbooks

The advantages of Pressbooks include: A simple, familiar interface; Professionally-designed book files, without complex software; Unlimited ability to edit, update, and (re)export books; Ability to collaborate with other authors and editors; A variety of book formats; Affordable access; and Complete control over your own content.

  1. How we are using Pressbooks to support faculty? We have 1 published book in Pressbooks and 1 in the editing stages. 
  2. What can Pressbooks do for youPublish materials to use in classCollaborate with students, editors, and co-authors, and deliver it all at a low costYou can also enhance text, host texts in Canvas or on the web, and allow materials to be downloaded to computers or mobile devices.

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