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Affordable & Open Educational Resources: Pressbooks

Pressbooks published at UB
Last Updated: May 13, 2024 1:51 PM

What is Pressbooks?

Pressbooks is online software that enables authors and publishers to design and format any kind of book, including:

  • PDF: for print or print on demand
  • EPUB: for Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Kindle and most other ebook platforms
  • Webbook: private or public

Pressbooks is used by independent authors, small and medium-sized publishers, and educational institutions around the world. All book formats are produced using templates that are optimized to look great in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. File exports produced with Pressbooks can be exported and downloaded from Pressbooks and distributed or shared however you like. The advantages of Pressbooks include:

  • A simple, familiar interface
  • Professionally-designed book files, without complex software
  • Unlimited ability to edit, update, and (re)export books
  • Ability to collaborate with other authors and editors
  • A variety of book formats
  • Affordable access
  • Complete control over your own content

Preparing Your Content for Pressbooks

Getting Started

  1. Request a book “shell” by filling out the Pressbooks Request Form.
  2. Add or import your text.
  3. Organize your text.
  4. Add images and other media.
  5. Configure citations and/or footnotes.
  6. Create H5P exercises and other interactive media and insert it into the text.

Requesting your book shell

The Pressbooks Request Form. has the following sections:

  • Name: Your name
  • Email: Your email
  • Additional authors/editors: anyone else, outside of the SUNY Create administrators, who will need editorial access to your book
  • Textbook title: This will be used to generate your book’s URL.
    • NOTE: We cannot change your book’s URL later, but we can change the title. Keep your proposed title short and simple.
  • Course: The course this OER will be used for, if applicable.
  • Description: This will be used on the homepage of your book and will appear in the Pressbooks Directory. We can tweak this text later.
  • Optional Plug-ins: These include:
    • H5P: Interactive quizzes, study cards, and other student self-study/practice guides that you can create or borrow from others.
    • An  annotation layer that can be enabled on any page within your Pressbook.
    • TablePress: Good for formatting and organizing very large or unwieldy tables of data, or tables students may want to search within. Otherwise, not very necessary.
    • QuickLaTeX: MathJax available by default, so you probably will not need this.
For further information on using Pressbooks, select from the dropdown menu on this page's tab, or consult the Pressbooks User Guide.

Digital Scholarship Specialist

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Stacy Snyder
420B Lockwood Library, North Campus