Users of the Open Source version of PressBooks will need to install a PDF generating engine (if they want PDF/Print output from PressBooks).


PressBooks is optimized to work with the Prince document formatter, a powerful CSS+HTML-based PDF-engine.

If you wish to run Prince, you will need to purchase a license from Prince. PressBooks users get a 10% discount on the regular $3,800 license fee, so:

  • server license (with PressBooks discount): $3,400
  • you may also get an academic license for: $1,900 (not for use for commercial publications)

You can use Prince on a trial basis for free, and you can buy a Prince license here.

Installing Prince

See the Prince installation guide.

Other Options

Alternately, please contact us about running the PressBooks Publisher Platform which includes the Prince engine, at a much lower up-front price.