Affordable & Open Educational Resources: Pressbooks
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
- Request a book “shell” by filling out the Pressbooks Request Form.
- Add or import your text.
- Organize your text.
- Add images and other media.
- Configure citations and/or footnotes.
- 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.
- Hypothes.is: 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.