The Authoring Dashboard


The import tool allows you to bring content into Pressbooks from a variety of different file formats, including:

  • EPUB (.epub)
  • Word document (.docx)
  • OpenOffice documents (.odt)
  • Pressbooks/WordPress XML (.xml or .wxr)
  • Web page (.html or URL)

The Import Tool pageTo import a file or URL into Pressbooks:

  1. Click Import from the left sidebar menu
  2. Select the type of file you’re importing from the “Import Type” menu
  3. Choose Upload File or Import from URL in the “Import Source” option
  4. If you’ve chosen Upload File, click “Choose File” and select the file on your computer you want to import. If you’ve chosen Import from URL, provide a valid URL.
  5. Click ‘Begin Import’

Once your import files has been uploaded and processed by Pressbooks, you’ll see an overview of the available content Pressbooks can import from your file. Select each chunk of content you’d like to import by checking the box in the left column of the table. Select all content at once by clicking the checkbox in the top row of the table. The checkboxes on the left side of the import table

You can choose whether each content chunk is imported as front matter, as a chapter, a part, back matter, or as a glossary term.

Select what type of post a section is imported as

Note: the ‘Web page’ option can be used to import a public, openly licensed Pressbooks webbook by URL. This works in much the same way as the Clone a Book routine, preserving formatting along with elements such as media, glossary terms, and H5P activities. When adapting material from Pressbooks webbooks, the advantage of the Import tool is that it can bring selected chapters into an existing book project, as opposed to creating a new book that begins as a copy of an entire book.

Importing specific files may take additional steps. Consult the following chapters for further help:


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