Manifold is a digital publishing platform that brings texts, images, media, and more into conversation together under one umbrella. It can be used to share scholarly work and conference proceedings or used in the classroom.
Learn more about Manifold.
Pressbooks is an easy-to-use book authoring platform that lets you develop free and openly licensed course materials—such as textbooks, guides, and manuals—that suit your teaching needs and that can be revised in the future.
Learn more about Pressbooks.
Both Pressbooks and Manifold are free for current UW faculty, staff, and students. Setting up an account looks different for each platform:
Manifold and Pressbooks are similar in some ways, but they have different strengths. Consider these questions to help you decide between Pressbooks and Manifold:
Do you want to make it easy to remix and revise the content of your digital book project later? Is it important to you to choose a platform that’s set up to help others build on your work?
Is your project linear, like a book with chapters that you could page through from beginning to end? Or is it a collection of related content that you could explore in many different ways?
Do you prefer to prepare your content in another program and upload it to publish it? Or would you rather write and edit in the platform itself?
Is it important for you to have your book integrated with UW Canvas?
Have you seen other projects that look similar to what you want to create?
Is there another platform you're considering?