How-to

Learn how to do common tasks in Pressbooks, and how to use Pressbooks as a tool to advance your publishing efforts.

Preparing and uploading your images for Pressbooks

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and at Pressbooks, we want to make sure the images in your book are exported in the best way for print and/or digital formats. There are some nuances to getting this right, so here’s what you need to know. Prepare your images The first step is to

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Getting Started With Pressbooks: A Quick Guide

New to Pressbooks? Welcome! Here are some tips on how to get best results when using Pressbooks software. What is Pressbooks for? Pressbooks brings down the cost of getting great-looking book files in the formats you need to publish. Pressbooks makes sure your book meets complex ebook and print-on-demand standards as well as the Chicago Manual of Style

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Upcoming Training for Indie Publishers

These upcoming training opportunities will help you be an even more successful publisher. How to Write and Publish an Ebook In this on-demand course, Tara Gentile and Creative Live have created a simple, step-by-step formula that anyone can follow to write or publish an ebook. The 16 video lessons include how to outline and write your book

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Business Owners, Here’s How to Blog a Book in 2017

Have you been thinking about new ways to market your business in the new year? Turning your blog into a book should be among your new year’s resolutions. You can use the print version as a high-end calling card and the ebook download for lead capture. Plus, you’ll build authority that may help you leverage speaking engagements and other

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Webinar: Format Your Book Like a Pro

Free Webinar: Format Your Book Like a Pro Thursday, December 15, 1 p.m., EST We’ve partnered with Merrimack Media, founders of the DIY publishing with guidance program Publi, to offer free training on how to format your book professionally using Pressbooks. In this Bestseller Bootcamp webinar, Pressbooks Director of Marketing and Operations Elizabeth Mays will take you through the easy

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Image Sizing & Resolution for Your Book

By Zoe Wake Hyde At Pressbooks, we often get questions about how to make sure the images in your book are print-ready and ebook-perfect. To address some of the most common queries and offer some guidance on how to manage your images even before you upload them to Pressbooks, we’ve developed this short FAQ. It should

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New Email Course: Formatting Your Book With Pressbooks

One of the biggest expenses authors face when they publish independently is graphic design and ebook development, which can cost up to $1,700. However, you can save all but $99 of this budget line item, and still have a professional-caliber book that is elegantly formatted and meets all the specifications required by ebookstores and print-on-demand, when you use

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New! 7-Day Email Course on Self-Publishing from Pressbooks

Are you wanting to publish your book independently but not sure how to get started? You’ll find all the help advice you need in our new email course on self-publishing. The seven-day email course covers: Independent Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing Terminology, Technology, & Formatting Your Manuscript Creating Your Book Covers for Ebook and Print Other Elements of Publishing:

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Why You Can’t Force Dropcaps, Indents, Headers, Footers and Fonts in Ebooks

There are certain stylistic elements you can’t force when you’re formatting an ebook. What are some of these things and why is that the case? Here are a few examples of attributes it’s tough to control in ebooks: dropcaps, hanging indents, running headers, running footers and body fonts. Dropcaps in ebooks Dropcaps are one element

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Ebook Formatting Answers: EPUB3

What is EPUB3 and do I need it? Should I change old ebook files to this new format? EPUB3 is the new format of EPUB. In general if you’re not doing anything complicated, you won’t really notice a difference–you could use either EPUB2 or EPUB3. EPUB3 is backwards compatible to EPUB2, so it should be

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