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Digital Tool Box for Teaching and Scholarship: Manifold

Digital Tool Box for Teaching and Scholarship

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Hosted by CUNY in collaboration with other partners, Manifold offers a way to publish public domain and open-access books on the web with supplemental resources and social annotation. Manifold is free and open source, and CUNY’s installation is available for use by all CUNY faculty, students, and staff..

Ideal Use: Instructors looking to create well-designed, customized versions of public domain or open access texts.


  • Resources including audio, video, and interactive content can be embedded into texts.
  • Features include annotation, highlighting, and referencing associated documents.
  • Strong visual presentation and back-end interface display under continuous development.


  • Requires a separate log-in.
  • Preparation of texts may be required to optimize appearance.
  • There are minimal editing features once books are imported, so changing content requires re-importing.

Examples / Screenshots

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Better Online Reading

Manifold offers high-quality presentation and management of open-access materials for academic publishers. Here's one example of a Project Gutenberg text ingested into Manifold via ePub.

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Reading a Manifold Book

Manifold incorporates images and a clean design into the flow of reading, though at the expense of the ability to easily add other design cues or embedded media in the text.

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Manifold Back-end Management

Manifold's clean admin interface offers a variety of options for rights management, collaboration, and publishing.

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"Makers" View in Manifold Admin

Here's another admin panel allowing for the search and inclusion of other makers, i.e. authors and collaborators.