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Open Educational Resources Collective Publishing Workflow

Get Familiar with Pressbooks 

What is Pressbooks?

Pressbooks is an online authoring and editing platform that enables users to design, format and publish books. Pressbooks books can be exported to a range of formats, including:

  • PDF (Print and digital) for print/print on demand and/or digital distribution
  • EPUB – for ebook platforms such as Kindle, Kobo and Apple Books
  • Webbook an online version of the book that can be accessed through Pressbooks without additional devices or software.

Some of the advantages of publishing with Pressbooks are

How Does Pressbooks Work?

  1. Create Your Textbook
    Your network manager can create a shell for your textbook to get you started, including assigning it a web address and working title.
  2. Add Your Textbook Information
    You can use the Book Info page to add and edit important information (metadata) about your textbook.
  3. Add and Organise Your Text
    You can add and organise components of your textbook, including:
    • front matter introduction, foreword, dedication and more
    • parts and chapters main body of your textbook
    • back matter epilogue, appendix, information about contributors and more.
  4. Choose Your Textbook Theme
    Once you’ve entered or imported your content, you can select and apply a theme. Each Pressbooks theme is a unique template that governs the display of your webbook and export formats (including PDF and ebook exports).
  5. Export Your Textbook
    Once you’re happy with your textbook, you can publish it to the web as a webbook or produce exports in a range of different ebook formats for distribution.

Getting Help with Pressbooks

Pressbooks recommends the following support resources for users:

You can also contact your Pressbooks network manager for support.


Adapted from ‘Introduction to Pressbooks’, ‘The Simple 5 Step Guide to Making a Book with Pressbooks’ and ‘Pressbooks Guides and OER Resources’ in Pressbooks User Guide by Pressbooks, licensed under a CC BY 4.0 licence.