Authoring Software

The Library hosts several open source software packages that can be used for authoring books.


Pressbooks is open source software that you can use to create web books that can also be formatted for downloading and reading in a variety of formats.  The software is based on WordPress but has been enhanced to make it ideal for publishing books of all types.

The TMU Library hosts a version of Pressbooks that is available for all TMU faculty and staff.  Accounts can be can request  by emailing



Scalar is an authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online.  Media can be assembled from multiple sources and combined with author commentary with minimal technical expertise required.

Scalar gives authors tools to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. The platform also supports collaborative authoring and reader commentary.

Scalar is an open source project of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture (ANVC) in association with Vectors and  IML, and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. TMU Library has installed an instance of Scalar for use by TMU authors.  If you would like to try out Scalar, please request an account by emailing Sally Wilson

Overleaf and LaTeX

Toronto Metropolitan University Libraries is providing Overleaf Professional access for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects. Overleaf Professional features include real-time track changes, unlimited collaborators, and full document history.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services to best fit into your workflow.

New users can create an account (using the “Log in through your institution” option and your Toronto Metropolitan University email) and existing users can upgrade to a professional account.

For more information, check out our Overleaf and LaTex guide.

Other Authoring Tools

The TMU Library is willing to explore other authoring tools.  We have worked on projects with Gumroad, iBooks Author, issuu and other tools.