Project Archive: The Rebus Guide to Publishing

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The Rebus Guide to Publishing

Subject: Other Education

Book Language: English

Audience: Open textbook creators & those supporting them

Book Cover:

Video: Making Open Textbooks - introduction - YouTube

Created date: October 21, 2019

Updated date: March 9, 2022


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  • Adopters
  • Followers
  • Peer Reviewers


The Rebus Guide to Publishing Open Textbooks (So Far) is for anyone thinking about starting an open textbook project. It starts at the beginning of the process, with chapters on project scoping and building a team, and then moves on to content creation and editing, getting feedback and reviews, coordinating release and adoptions, and sustaining the book’s community. The book is also a work-in-progress, an effort that will evolve and grow over time. Through conversations, use, new writers’ and editors’ contributions, and ongoing reflection and revision, it will reflect our changing perspectives on how and why we make open textbooks. Initiated by Rebus team members Zoe Wake Hyde and Apurva Ashok, the text is the result of innumerable conversations and exchanges within the Rebus Community, representing a wide range of collective knowledge and experience. Please note those two little words in parentheses in the title: there are plenty of new learnings, knowledge, and reflexive revisions to come! Everyone is therefore invited to become a part of the project and follow its progress, as well as leave feedback, comments, and recommendations for corrections!

Short Description:

This guide is a repository of collective knowledge, written to help you create, publish, and promote your open textbooks. Representing two years of collaboration with OER teams, including innumerable conversations and exchanges, and much reflective feedback, the Guide is a book-in-progress and will evolve and grow over time. It is a resource for you to use as you move through the process of creating your open textbook, divided into step-by-step sections, and complemented with bullet-point summaries and a series of short videos.

Read or download the Guide.


Building a Team

Project Scoping

Creating & Editing Content

Feedback & Review

Marketing & Communications

Preparing for Release

Post-Release Consideration