Pricing, ODT Import, New Themes

Dear PressBookers,

We hope you are enjoying your summer (Northern Hemisphere users) and Winter (Southern Hemisphere users)…Have you been making any books on PressBooks lately? Tell us about them! We have some important news about PressBooks — we’re introducing pricing today!

Introducing … PressBooks Pricing!

We’ve finally introduced official pricing, which works as follows:

You can export as much as you like for free, however:

  • EPUBs and MOBIs contain a PressBooks informational watermark  (which can be removed for a one-time fee, per title of $10, and gives you 25MB of storage)
  • PDFs contain PressBooks informational watermarks throughout the file (which can be removed for a one-time fee, per title of $100, which also removes ebook watermarks, and gives you 250MB of storage).

If you are doing projects in bulk, please contact us so we can make sure you don’t need to pay on a book-by-book basis. Send us and email at:

In addition to adding pricing, we’ve added an ODT (Open Office) importer and  some new Themes.

New Feature: ODT (Open Office) Importer

Thanks to Brad Payne from BC Campus, who contributed an ODT (Open Document Type, the file format used by OpenOffice) import module to PressBooks. We’ve done some testing and it seems to be working seamlessly, estimating the chapter structure of a book, and dropping those chapters into the right place. Currently it strips out all styling.

You can read a bit more about it on our blog.

New Themes: Austen & Fitzgerald

We have two new themes, but fairly traditional book themes (more exciting stuff coming in the fall).

They are:

  • Austen, named after Jane Austen, and built for novels, memoirs and the like.
  • Fitzgerald, named after F. Scott, with a bit more of a modern edge, Fitzgerald can handle fiction and non-fiction well, with a mix of sans-serif fonts for headers, and classic serif for the body text.

For some more info on our new themes, check out our blog.

Interesting PressBooks books:

For you teachers out there, take a look at Dave Cormier’s book: “Making the community the curriculum: Rhizomatic Learning in action.”

“The abundance of information we now have at our fingertips combined with the indefinite capacity for making new connections, has opened new avenues for structuring our classrooms. This short book is intended as a companion piece to a course giving learners and instructors a framework within which they can see their community of learners as the curriculum of their course.”

That’s it from PressBooks central. Get in touch if you’ve got questions or ideas.

Hugh, Dac, Sonia, & Ned.

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3 thoughts on “Pricing, ODT Import, New Themes

  1. We’ve been exploring different revenue models over the past year, including affiliate revenues as one part, but premium pricing has always been in the plans… finally rolled out.

  2. I’ve played around with Pressbooks and I’ve kept my eye on its progress. I really like the setup and I think the output is awesome. Sadly, $100 per book is too much for me. With the number of books I’m publishing per year, it’s far more cost effective to buy a copy of QuarkxPress or rent months of InDesign in the cloud. Wishing you guys all the luck, though.

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