About Pressbooks

Pressbooks is a book production platform that allows you to create your open textbook from scratch and adapt or remix it as per the open textbook’s Creative Commons licence. Information about Creative Commons licences is available from Creative Commons Australia.

Pressbooks is an online publishing platform built on the popular WordPress publishing and blogging platform. If you have used WordPress in the past, Pressbooks should feel familiar to you.

  • Books can be downloaded in a wide range of formats; such as a website, PDF document, EPUB document (usable in most e-reading applications and devices), MOBI (for Kindle-specific applications), XHTML, HTMLBook, ODT, XLM, and Thin Common Cartridge with weblinks).
  • It is also a useful tool for making changes to an existing open textbook during the adaptation process.
  • You can include activities, links to videos, and annotation features, and use integrations such as:
    • H5P (build 40+ types of interactive activities, including quizzes)
    • Hypothesis (enable web annotation for all/parts of books)
    • MathJax (render LaTeX, AsciiMath, MathML with MathJax in webbook)
    • TablePress (create sortable, filterable, searchable interactive tables)
  • There are also video tutorials and online documentation to instruct you on authoring your content.

Contact your School Librarian who can offer you assistance or training along the way.