1 The 5-Step Guide to Using Pressbooks

For the latest updates to this resource, check out its chapter in our Pressbooks User Guide

Pressbooks is a simple book publishing tool. Put your book content into Pressbooks, edit as you like, and export into ebook and PDF/print-on-demand formats. This chapter will gives you a very quick overview of Pressbooks, which can be explored in more detail in the rest of this Guide.

The (Short) 5-Step Guide to Making a Book with Pressbooks

  1. Register for a Pressbooks account.
  2. Add Book Information (title, author name etc).
  3. Add/Organize Text (your chapters etc).
  4. Choose Book Design Theme (what your book will look like).
  5. Export your book in publish-ready file formats: MOBI (for Kindle), EPUB (for Nook/iBooks etc), PDF (for print and print-on-demand).

The (Longer) 5-Step Guide to Making a Book with Pressbooks

STEP 1. Register

In the registration process, you will add: your username, email address, web address of your book, and book title. We’ll send you an email to complete the registration and activate your account.

Step 1. Register and create your book

STEP 2. Add Book Information

The Book Information screen is where you edit and add important information about your book: author name, publication date, publisher. You can also upload your cover here, and add your copyright notice. You can fill in as little or as much information as you like.

Book info screen
Step 2. Complete book info

STEP 3. Add/Organize Your Text

On this screen you can add, edit and arrange the order of the contents of your book. Add chapters and parts, and edit it as you like. You can also add “front matter” here (things like your introduction, and preface), and “back matter” (things like your index and bibliography).


STEP 4. Choose Your Book Design Theme

4a. Choose Your Theme

Pressbooks comes with 50+ professionally-designed book design themes to choose from. Choosing a theme governs the look and feel of all your exports, including: EPUB, Mobi, PDF and web book.

4b. Choose Your Theme Options

You can also change the look of your book by changing the Theme Options. You can decide whether or not you want a table of contents, whether you want chapter numbers added automatically, and adjust a few other things. There are global options, PDF options and ebook options on separate tabs.

Theme Options screen
Step 4. Customize theme options

STEP 5. Export Your Book

Pressbooks gives you a one-button export, and you can select PDF, EPUB, Mobi (Kindle), as well as a few more exotic options.

Export screen
Step 5. Export your book

Watch the Above Sequence, in Video Form

If you’d rather watch a quick demonstration, check out this tutorial video.

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