How-to

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

How to Make a Book and Self-Publish Using Pressbooks

You’re using Pressbooks to produce your book files (yay, you!)–but do you know what to do next? Our Slideshare will show you how to make and self-publish a book using Pressbooks and demystify the publishing process from start to finish. You can check it out below or at http://www.slideshare.net/mackinaw/howtomakeabook-pressbooks How to Make a Book: The

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Video: How to Publish Your Book in Kobo

Kobo is one of the most popular international ebookstores, one you may want to add to your distribution. This quick video will show you how to publish your book in the Kobo store.

Video: How to Get Your Book Into the Kindle Store

Wondering what to do after Pressbooks? Getting your book into bookstores is the next step. This is a relatively easy process that in most cases, you can do yourself. For Kindle, the next step to publishing in the Kindle store is to upload the Mobi file via the Kindle interface. This video shows you how

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New Video: Editing Your Book CSS

Ever wondered how to customize the look of your book just a little more, or even start from scratch with a design personalized to you? The latest in our video series is a brief introduction that shows how to get into your CSS in Pressbooks and format your book so you can make the look

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Book Cover Design: What You Need to Know

When you go to publish your book, you’ll need both your exported files and two book covers–one for your ebook and one for the print version. Our most recent addition to the Pressbooks User Guide explains the basics of designing your book cover (or more likely commissioning a cover) for both ebook and print-on-demand venues.

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Finish Your Book! (And What to Do Next)

We’re midway through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)–how’s the writing going? Can you can see yourself at the finish line? This month, we offer Pressbooks users some tips, tutorials, a new theme, and, we hope, a dash of inspiration, that will keep you writing in November whether or not you are participating in NaNoWriMo. Oh,

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New Tutorials: Design and Export Your Book for Bookstores

Wondering how to get your book out of Pressbooks so you can upload it into the bookstores? Our latest tutorial video will show you how. And before you export, choose your book’s design by applying a theme. Tutorial here: Have a function in Pressbooks you’d like demystified? Email liz@pressbooks.com and we’ll consider your suggestion for

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New Video: Using the Text Editor

Ebooks are essentially websites, made up of code. Pressbooks creates that code for you. But if you want to see or adjust it, here’s how to do so, using the Text Editor feature in Pressbooks.

More Videos! Adding a Copyright Notice & Changing Privacy Settings

We’ve just released more how-tos, on how to add a copyright notice to your book and how to adjust your Web book’s privacy settings in Pressbooks. You can view these and other tutorials on the Pressbooks’ YouTube channel. Or, watch below:

Testing Pressbooks’ Kindle Output on iPhones and iPads (MOBI7, KF8, AZK, gahhh)

If you test your Pressbooks output of Kindle files on your iPad/iPhone, it will look not look very nice. But the files that people actually buy from Kindle on iOS devices will look fine. Here is why: Pressbooks uses Amazon’s Kindlegen software to create the MOBI export (which converts from the EPUB file generated by

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