PressBooks News/Update: Features & Themes

Dear all,

I hope the writing is going well. We’ve got some new PressBooks Features, and a raft of new Themes for you to check out.


New PressBooks features include:
Reorder parts
Custom ebook start-point
Add text to a Part Page
Add content before the Title Page
Image compression in EPUB outputs
* Revision history improvements


And we have a bunch of new Themes. To test them out, log into PressBooks, select Appearance –> Themes and select the look you like. Reexport your book — if you don’t like it, you can switch to a different theme and export again.

Baker: Named after Nicholson Baker, a clean modern theme ideal for novels.
Browning: Named after Robert Browning, this is a stylized (and colorful) theme made for discussions of literary works. There is a Black & White Version as well.
Christie: Named after Agatha Christie, this one is made for cozies, mysteries, and other novels.
* Ephron: Named for Nora Ephron, this is an elegant theme for memoirs and fiction. There is a color version and a Black and White version.
* Howe: Named after a founder of the University of Washington Information School, this theme is built for research reports, white papers and other non-fiction.
Laurence: Named after Canadian novelist Margaret Laurence, this theme is suitable for academic presses and non-fiction.
Stephenson: Named after Neal Stephenson, this theme is designed with scifi in mind, but can work with a range of fiction and non-fiction alike.

Questions? Comments? Let us know.

Hugh & the PressBooks team

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2 thoughts on “PressBooks News/Update: Features & Themes

  1. Have you guys thought about adding an export to Word? That way authors can easily adjust trim sizes etc. (Or add adjusting trim sizes to pressbooks)

    • hugh

      Hi Justin,

      What do you mean exactly by: “support for Word” ?

      You can adjust trim sizes with PressBooks, I’ll put up a little tutorial on the blog … “soon” …

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