How to make a book with Pressbooks

Pressbooks is a simple book publishing tool. Put your book content into Pressbooks, edit as you like, and export into ebook and PDF/print-on-demand formats. Here’s how it works:

Short 4-Step Guide to Making a Book with Pressbooks

  1. Add Book Information (title, author name etc).
  2. Add/Organize Text (your chapters etc)
  3. Choose Book Design Theme (what your book will look like)
  4. Export your book in: MOBI (for Kindle), EPUB (for Nook/iBooks etc), PDF (for print and print-on-demand)

Longer 4-Step Guide to Making a Book with Pressbooks

STEP 1. Add Book Information

The Book Information screen is where you edit and add important information about your book: author name, publication date, publisher. You can also upload your cover here, and add your copyright notice. You can fill in as little or as much information as you like.

Book Information Screen


STEP 2. Add/Organize Your Text

On this screen you can add, edit, and arrange the order of the contents of you book. Add chapters and parts, and edit it as you like. You can also add “front matter” here (things like your introduction, and preface), and “back matter” (things like your index and bibliography).

Add/Organize your Text


STEP 3. Choose Your Book Design Theme

3a. Choose your theme

Pressbooks comes with fifty professionally designed book design themes to choose from. Choosing a theme governs the look and feel of your exports, including: EPUB, Mobi, PDF and web.

Choose a theme

Choose a theme

3b. Choose your theme options

You can also change the look of your book by changing the Theme options. You can decide whether or not you want a table of contents, whether you want chapter numbers added automatically, and adjust a few other things.

Choose your Theme Options

STEP 4. Export Your Book

Pressbooks gives you a one-button export, and you can select: PDF, EPUB, Mobi (Kindle), as well as a few more exotic options.

Export your book files


Get Started!

You can start making a book right now … register or login to Pressbooks here.

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