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Library Publishing Project

About 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

Beyond a Textbook

The Pressbooks platform allows creators to make their learning materials so much more than just a regular book. By utilizing interactive tools such as Hypothese and H5P, course content can be transformed into a learner-centered and interactive learning environment. 

 

Enable Annotation with Hypothesis

Pressboks allows you to enable public or private annotation of your book using Hypothesis, an open source web annotation tool. Hypothesis can be used to enable private (or public) communication between editors and proofreaders, personal note taking and annotation, social learning and discussion about a text, or to foster deeper engagement between writers, readers, and your text. Click here to learn more.

 

Create Interactive Content with H5P

Pressbooks features a native integration with H5P, an open-source plugin which can be used to create interactive quizzes and other learning activities in your book. There are over 40 different H5P activity types, ranging from simple True/False questions to image matching exercises to quiz sets to interactive video quizzes and even complex branching scenarios! Click here to learn more.

Create an Account

The University Library now provides UTRGV faculty access to Pressbooks. Creating an account is as easy as these 3 simple steps.

  1. Visit pressbooks.utrgv.edu 
  2. Click on Sign In at the top right hand corner of the page.
  3. Log In with your UTRGV Credentials

Getting Started with Pressbooks

Listed below are several resources to help you get started using Pressbooks.

Pressbooks Training Sessions

Pressbooks Training Calendar

Visit pressbooks.com/webinars to attend live training sessions hosted by Pressbooks. 

UTRGV Hosted Pressbooks Training

If you would like a personalized or a departmental Pressbooks demonstration, please reach out to Justin White at justin.white@utrgv.edu. 
 

Getting Started with PressbooksEDU

Advanced Publishing with PressbooksEDU

This training session is intended for all users on hosted PressbooksEDU networks and is designed for users who have some familiarity with Pressbooks and are ready to engage in more complex activities, like adding interactive elements or integrating Pressbooks with supported third-party tools. A more detailed description of webinar topics can be found in our guide: https://networkmanagerguide.pressbook.... If you'd like to sign up for a live version of this webinar, please sign up on https://pressbooks.com/webinars.
 

Learn More

There are many resources available to help faculty who are interested in open publishing. Faculty can visit the Textbook Affordability Project's resources and support page which is a compilation of educational resources to support faculty who want to engage in open teaching, learning practices, or open publishing. You can also visit some of the resources provided below.