We have a vision for opening access to information, opening both educational book content, and book technology itself. We want to digitally enable the kinds of deeply engaging experiences we’ve come to expect from print. We’ve seen what opening content and technology through the web can do, and we’re excited by the possibilities for books.
We believe we can move this vision forward by helping to build a web-based ecosystem of people, tools, services, and standards that together help usher in a new vision for open textbooks, books, and reading.
Here is what we are working on:
Open Textbook Community: The Rebus Community
Our first focus is supporting the growing global community of Open Textbook creators by helping to establish new models for textbook creation and publishing.
Publishing a high-quality Open Textbook is a complex process, with multiple decisions, tasks, and workflows to manage. There are all sorts of questions—about formats and licenses, peer review, marketing, metadata, and discovery—that need answering, and all sorts of jobs—copy editing, proofreading, sourcing images, design—that need to be done.
We are building community-driven processes and tools for managing Open Textbook publishing in a new way. Join us at https://projects.rebus.community/.
Open Textbook Production: Rebus Community Press
Open Textbooks should be available in any format the reader wants: Print, PDF, ebook, or web. Members of the Rebus Open Textbook Community using a CC-BY license for their textbooks have access to Rebus Community Press, an Open Textbook production and formatting system built on Pressbooks, that helps Open Textbook creators publish their books in the multiple formats (PDF, print-on-demand, EPUB, MOBI, web, ODT, and some other XML formats).
Open Webbooks & Scholarly Deep Reading
Bringing books truly into the web will be transformative. We have joined the W3C to help define a new, open and integrated web standard for webbooks, one that will enable better sharing, annotation, collection, and deep reading of digital books. In this sphere, we are focusing on deep reading ecosystems for academics and scholarly readers.
A native, web-based approach to publishing and reading books will unlock huge value for readers, authors and publishers, for students and teachers, and for humanity in general. We’re excited to be exploring how the web can unlock new, deeper reading experiences, and new ways to manage our experience of reading.