“Pressbooks is easy-to-use book writing software that lets you create a book in all the formats you need to publish. Pressbooks delivers print-ready files for CreateSpace, IngramSpark and Lightning Source, as well as ebook files optimized to look great in all ebook stores: Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and more.”

Pressbooks is based on wordpress and allows easy content creation: e-book chapters, front matter (introduction, foreword, etc.) and back matter (appendix, references, etc.).

Pressbooks enables a one button click to export e-book compatible files. There are several export options for generating e-book files. The four main file formats are:

  • EPUB – For most e-book readers
  • MOBI – For Kindle e-book readers
  • PDF – For regular computer use
  • PDF-Print – For printing a paper version of the textbook

The PressBooks Recipe

  1. Gather your material and organize it into chapters.
  2. Go to
  3. Register for a new account. Review the features in their “For Authors” page.
  4. Check out the User’s Guide.
  5. Under “My Catalog” add a new book. Complete the new book form, but do not make it public at this point.
  6. Complete the Book Info section including which Keywords should be assigned to it.
  7. Click on the Text menu item to see the list of chapters in your template. Click on one of them and start up!
  8. Think about an ongoing revision/updating plan.
  9. Consider bringing in a reviewer.

From the teaching kitchen of Steve Covello, Granite State College (USNH)

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