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Last update: Aug 17/21

Pressbooks allows you to export a book into different file formats such as PDF, EPUB, and more. (Books published by BCcampus are exported in all available formats.)

Pressbooks stores the last three exports of each file format. You can sort exports by file format, size, and date exported, as well as, “pin” any files that you do not want to be deleted. Export options are found on the Dashboard menu.

"" See Export, PDF Export & Options and Ebook (EPUB) Exports, and How to Test Your Ebooks in the Pressbooks User Guide.
NOTE: Amazon has discontinued support for the MOBI ebook format and recommends using EPUB format for publishing new reflowable titles and updating previously published titles. Accordingly, Pressbooks no longer produces MOBI export files. Users who still wish to produce MOBI files for personal use will be encouraged to generate these files using Pressbooks EPUB exports and freely available desktop applications like Kindle Previewer or Calibre.

For more information, read the July 27, 2021 posting: Goodbye, MOBI exports!

PDF: blank pages

If a book has unnecessary blank pages in the PDF file:

  1. Go the the Dashboard menu
  2. Under the Appearance tab select “Theme Options” and then the PDF Options tab.
  3. Scroll down this page and select “No blank pages” by Section Openings.
  4. Save changes.

IMPORTANT: This option is only available for the Digital PDF file, not the Print PDF version.

"" For more information, see Section Breaks, Page Breaks and Blank Pages in the Pressbooks User Guide.

PDF formats: print vs. digital

When exporting different file types, there are two PDF options to choose from:

  • PDF (for print)
  • PDF (for digital distribution)

Here are the differences between the two:

Characteristics PDF (Print) PDF (Digital)
Purpose Designed for printing. Blank pages are inserted where expected for print outputs. Internal navigation links will not work. Designed for reading on an electronic device and sharing online. Internal navigation links will work.
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File Name/Extension print.pdf .pdf
Image Resolution high (print quality: 300 dpi) lower (web quality: 72 dpi)
File Size larger smaller
Links absent present

Validation error reports

"" For more information, see Export Validation Logs in the Pressbooks User Guide.
The below video is from the Pressbooks Video Tutorial Series.


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