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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.