Content management and publishing platforms
MERLOT Content Builder (Free account registration required. Once logged in, click “Create Materials.”)
MERLOT Content Builder offers a quick and easy way to deliver web-based open content, hosted through the CSU and MERLOT. Content Builder resources can easily be incorporated into MERLOT’s vast OER search engine in addition. File uploads: 10MB maximum
OER Commons OpenAuthor (Free account registration required.)
OER Commons OpenAuthor is a blog-like platform that allows for the creation of new open content, easily indexed to be searchable within the OER Commons search tool. File uploads are simple, and if you are familiar with blog sites such as Wordpress, you should have an easy time getting started.
WikiBooks (Free account registration required.)
WikiBooks is a wiki-based platform that allows for the creation of simple, accessible open web content in textbook form. Try out the platform in their Sandbox, or create a free account to get started.
OERPUB (Free GitHub account required.)
This experimental OER publishing platform uses GitHub to control different editions of an OER through “forking.” It’s in Alpha, so proceed at your own risk, but it’s a promising program.
Google Chrome required
OpenStax CNX (Free account registration required.)
OpenStax CNX was one of the first web-based OER publishing platforms, and it is currently being upgraded to a user-friendly system that will allow modifications to be made within your web browser.
Paid and For-Profit Platforms
CreateSpace offers free publishing options, and it offers a low-cost method of ordering print-on-demand versions of open textbooks.
PressBooks is a WordPress-based platform. It’s free to create an account, but publishing your content does cost the author a fee. PressBooks makes publishing in multiple file formats very simple.
SoftChalk is a desktop-based publishing platform, and the paid SoftChalk Cloud version allows the user to upload materials to be made available to the public through the SoftChalk Cloud Repository.