The Simple 5 Step Guide to Making a Book with Pressbooks

Create Your Book

If you already have an account on an EDU or self-hosted Pressbooks network, you can create a book by doing the following:

  1. Login to your admin dashboard & click the ‘Create a Book‘ button:
    Create new book interface
  2. Fill in your desired webbook address and book title and click the ‘Create book‘ button. Your webbook address cannot be changed later, so choose this value carefully. The book title can be easily changed at any point in the future.
    Pressbooks' Create a new book interface

Note: If you don’t have access to an existing Pressbooks account, you can register for a free account on Pressbooks.com, our site for self-publishing authors. As part of the registration process, you will create a username and password and supply an email address where we will send you an email to complete the registration and activate your account. At the time of your account creation, you’ll be given the option to register your new book at that time or to do it later.

Add Your Book Information

The Book Info page is where you add and edit important information (metadata) about your book.

  1. From your book dashboard, click ‘Book Info’

  2. Enter your desired Book Information and click ‘Save‘ in the ‘Save Book Information‘ widget.

Add and Organize Your Text

You can add and organize your text from the Organize page in the left sidebar menu of your book dashboard. The organize page will allow you to see all of your existing content, its order, and its display status. You’ll see the three main components of your book on this page:

Front Matter: Content in this section may include your introduction, foreword, dedication, and more. You can read more in our chapter on Front Matter.

Parts & Chapters: These comprise main body of your book. Your book can contain one or more Parts. Each part can contain one or moe Chapters. Learn more in our chapters on adding Parts and adding Chapters to your book.

Back Matter: Content in this section may include your epilogue, appendix, information about contributors, and more. More details can be found in our chapter on Back Matter.

For more information on other ways to import your text into Pressbooks, check out our guide chapter on How to Get Your Book into Pressbooks.

Choose Your Book Theme

Once you’ve entered or imported the content that will make up your book, you can select and apply your preferred Theme. Each Pressbooks theme is a unique template which governs the display of your webbook and export formats (including PDF and ebook exports).

Browse available themes by clicking Appearance > Themes from your Book Dashboard:

Once you’ve selected a theme, you can customize several of the design elements for your webbook and export files using Theme Options or Custom CSS.

Export Your Book

Once you’re happy with the appearance of your book, you can publish it to the web as a webbook or produce exports for distribution or sale. To produce and download export files for your book, click ‘Export‘ from your book Dashboard:

NOTE: On Pressbooks.com, export files will have Pressbooks watermarks and the webbook cannot be made public until the book has been upgraded. See our chapter on How to Upgrade.

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