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The Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project equips community groups, classrooms, and self-published authors with tools to transform their writing into professional-grade ebooks and print-ready books. Writing will always be hard, but with MLPP, publishing doesn't have to be.

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Minnesota authors have initiated over 1,000 books through MLPP, and many of them have made a real impact. To get an idea of what's possible, check out the MLPP Book Showcase. It features community histories, cookbooks, free online textbooks that have saved Minnesota students thousands, and much more.

MLPP’s book design tool is Pressbooks: an easy-to-use online service that enables authors and publishers to create professional-grade content using a wide variety of templates and formatting options. Pressbooks allows users to keep their work private, share it with other authors or editors, or make it publicly available. The platform even offers templates that are specifically tailored for poetry, fiction, family history, dissertations, and many other content types.

Pressbooks assigns each uploaded manuscript a unique URL that creators can use to share their work. Users can export their works in the formats that are essential to publishing in print or to the web: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and HTML. To get started, check out MLPP's step-by-step instructions.

Written by

Zach Miller
Head of Communications
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Online publishing tools for independent authors, supported by Minnesota's libraries

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