What is Pressbooks?
Pressbooks is easy-to-use online software that lets you convert your book into the professional-quality files you need to publish your book, in ebookstores and in print. You don’t need to know anything about book design, or ebook development: Pressbooks has been built to handle all the details for you, and let you focus on the writing.
Why should I use it?
Using Pressbooks’ to convert your book will save you hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars in graphic design and ebook development costs. Pressbooks is used by authors, and publishers including the Wall Street Journal, University of Minnesota Press, and Newsweek Insights.
Does Pressbooks distribute my book into the bookstores?
No. And that’s a good thing. We don’t charge you distribution fees, or eat into your royalties. When you use Pressbooks, you own your book and all the exported files, and you can publish it wherever and however you want.
So I can publish anywhere?
Do I need to know anything about book design to use Pressbooks?
Not a thing. Pressbooks makes sure your book conforms to all the best practices of book publishing for you. As a bonus, if you’ve ever used WordPress, the Pressbooks interface will be very familiar to you.
Does Pressbooks work if I already have a manuscript?
Yes! And you can import it (from Word or Open Office) with one click, write directly in the system, or paste your manuscript chapters into Pressbooks.
I wrote most of my book in Word. Can I still convert my file using Pressbooks?
Absolutely. You can either cut and paste each chapter into Pressbooks or use our MS Word importer. (Note: MS Word styling can cause problems on many ereaders. Pressbooks tries to clean up this styling, but it may take some massaging to get things to look just right).
Why shouldn’t I just leave my manuscript in Word?
While you can publish a Word doc in some of the bookstores nowadays, but then you are left with automatic conversion scripts, and all the design and styling problems that come with them. Auto-converted Word docs generally don’t look attractive or render consistently across the numerous ereading devices. So your manuscript might look fine to you on your computer, but to the reader, it might look terrible.
What if I have previously formatted books or a backlist of published books I’d like to revise or republish?
Pressbooks is perfect for any publishing project that requires warp-speed production or frequent revision. You can even import your existing books as epubs, edit them quickly and get them back in stores and making money again in a flash. Note: Pressbooks cannot convert from PDF to epub (sorry).
How much does Pressbooks cost?
Pressbooks costs $19/book to generate ad-free ebook files, and $99/book for ad-free ebook and PDF files. You can also use Pressbooks for free, though your book files will contain Pressbooks ads (in ebooks), and ads and promotional watermarks in PDF outputs.
What about ongoing charges?
Pressbooks fees are charged one-time, per book. We never charge you again for upgrades to your paid book. You can make as many changes as you want, revise your book as many times as you want, and export as many times as you want.
Pressbooks must take a portion of my royalties then, right?
Nope, why would we? It’s your book.
I’m having trouble getting started–how do I learn Pressbooks?
Will Pressbooks format my book for me?
Pressbooks is built to be easy enough for you to use yourself. We have a detailed user guide, a series of help videos, and we try to respond to help requests quickly. For Pressbooks users doing multiple books over the course of a year, we can provide more in-depth training. But generally, no we don’t format your book for you.