Pressbooks Public

Interested in getting your novel, memoir, poetry collection, children's book, or biography in eBook and print-ready formats? Pressbooks Public is an easy-to-use online tool that allows you to create professional quality versions of your book in ePUB, MOBI, PDF and more—all through your library.

Whether you have written your first book or are just getting started, you can write, edit and design digital and print copies of your book with ease using
Pressbooks Public.

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Getting Started With Pressbooks

Register for a free Pressbooks account

Add your book information

Add and organize your text

Select your book design theme

Export your book!

Export your own professional-grade ePUB, PDF and MOBI files with Pressbooks’ simple one-button export panel.

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Tips & Tricks for Using Pressbooks

THE BASICS

Pressbooks Standard Book Structure

Front Matter: Can include elements such as a preface, dedication, foreword, abstract, etc.
Main Body: The bulk content of your book, typically organized into chapters
Back Matter: Can include elements such as an index, epilogue, bibliography, etc.

Components Pressbooks Automatically Includes in your Book

Pressbooks offers a selection of over 50 themes to apply to your book. Themes can style your book to relate to different genres, audiences or aesthetic preferences.

eBook Cover Specifications and Recommendations

* If you don’t have a cover, you can create one in minutes using the cover generator in Pressbook’s Export tab.

BEST PRACTICES

Copy and pasting or writing your book directly in Pressbooks is the easiest way to ensure your book is well-formatted.

Select “No” in the Privacy section where it says “Allow search engines to index this site” since you will likely want to distribute this book on your own terms.

Be sure to use the “Styles Menu” when editing your content in Pressbooks.

Adding Media

ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR POWER USERS

If you are familiar with CSS you are not limited to the selection of Pressbooks themes.

Simply apply the Custom CSS theme and get started!

Pressbooks allows you to share sample chapters of your book with your followers on social media to generate excitement about your upcoming release, at no cost!

Even after exporting your files you can go back and edit your book and export the updated files as many times as you’d like, at any time you’d like, all at no additional cost.

At any time, you can add additional collaborators to your work such as editors, readers and co-authors.

Settings Section

Check out the Pressbooks Youtube Channel for more tips and tricks through their growing library of tutorial videos.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pressbooks?
Pressbooks is an easy-to-use online software — now available through your library — that allows you to create professional-quality eBook and print-ready files of your book in ePUB, MOBI and PDF formats.

Do I need to know anything about graphic design or coding to use Pressbooks?
Nope! You can write, edit and format your book in Pressbooks with no coding or graphic design knowledge at all. Pressbooks offers over 50 different free themes, each carefully and professionally designed, that are ready for you choose from. Pressbooks also allows you to easily add footnotes, images, front matter, back
matter, table of contents and more, all with no experience necessary.

Does Pressbooks take any ownership of my exported files?
None at all. After exporting your book with Pressbooks you still retain complete and total ownership of your content and all exported files, and can distribute your work however you would like. Pressbooks claims no portion of any future or past royalties.

Can I use Pressbooks if I already have a draft of my book?
Yes! You can copy and paste each existing chapter of your book into Pressbooks OR import your entire Word document. (Note: Pressbooks cannot convert PDF files to ePUBs)

After I export my book with Pressbooks can I make changes to it?
Yes! You can edit and update your works in Pressbooks and export the updated files as frequently as you would like, for as long as you would like.

I’m having trouble getting started with Pressbooks, what should I do?
If you’re not sure how to begin using Pressbooks, ask your local librarian today about our Training Resources. There are a variety of videos, tutorials and training guides designed to get you on your way to producing the best versions of your works as possible.

 

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Last Updated: 8/17/16