How-to

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

Ebook Formatting Answers: Submitting a MOBI File vs. a Word File to Amazon

Why would I want to create a MOBI file using Pressbooks if Amazon allows me to submit a Word file that Kindle will convert for me? At first, a MOBI file was the only file Amazon would accept to publish in the Kindle ebookstore. Nowadays, you can submit a Word file to the Kindle store,

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Why Can’t I Remove the Table of Contents from my Ebook?

Q. In ebook formatting, how is the table of contents in an ebook different than the table of contents in a print book? A. Typically in print you would include a table of contents if the chapters had names that weren’t 1, 2, 3, 4. So if the chapters are named chapter one, chapter two, chapter

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Reflowable vs. Fixed Layout Ebooks

Q. What’s the difference between a fixed layout ebook and a regular ebook? A. Normal ebooks that you’re reading (such as a regular Kindle book or novel, etc.) are what’s called “reflowable.” With a reflowable ebook, on the page you can resize the fonts and the book just reorganizes itself. You can make bigger fonts, smaller

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Ebook Formatting Answers: Ebook Standards

Each week, we’ll answer your burning questions about ebook formatting. This week’s question is about universal and proprietary standards for ebooks. Q. Different ebookstores can reject your ebook if it doesn’t meet certain standards for ebook files. What are some of these standards for ebook formatting and who sets them? A. All the different platforms have

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Book Formatting Secrets, Building Your Author Website and More

New to Pressbooks? Here’s Your Quick-Start Guide  At Pressbooks, we have lots of resources for getting started. We’ve put them all in one place in this quick orientation to Pressbooks software. Book Formatting Secrets from Bestselling Author Mimi Barbour Mimi Barbour took some time out of her busy writing schedule to share how she uses Pressbooks

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How to Create Your Author Website Using Self-Hosted WordPress

In a previous post, I wrote about how to create an author website using the free and simplest-to-use version of WordPress, WordPress.com. Here I’m going to show you how to create a self-hosted WordPress website to promote yourself and your book as an author. But first, why would you want to create a self-hosted WordPress website versus the easier-to-use WordPress.com? WordPress.com

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Book Formatting Secrets from Bestselling Author Mimi Barbour

By Mimi Barbour When I first decided I wanted a career as an author and not to just have a book with my name on it, I had to make a lot of serious choices. The decisions that faced me mostly had to do with publishing a professional product and not an amateurish piece of

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Need Help Using Pressbooks?

If you’re just starting to use Pressbooks, chances are you could use an orientation. This post will point you to resources and training that will help you get started, or to move forward if you’re stuck. The Easiest Way to Import Your Manuscript Into Pressbooks Ebooks are like websites inasmuch as they rely on code

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Check Out This Award-Winning Book, and Learn How You Can Create One Too

Award-Winning Book Created on Pressbooks San Francisco-based startup ThinkApps used Pressbooks to create its first book–and the award-winning book has already been named Book of the Year by Product Hunt. Read about how ThinkApps’ produced their award-wining book, and where you can read the book, which features insights from 25+ well-known tech founders and investors. ICYMI:

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Sizing and Manipulating Images for Pressbooks

We get a lot of questions about importing images into Pressbooks. We thought we’d answer those here. How to Size Your Images for Ebook Production Before you upload your images into Pressbooks, you’ll want to make them as small as possible while still retaining quality. Why? Bookstores charge you a delivery fee based on the

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