Using Pressbooks

Navigating the Dashboard

Take Note

If you have been assigned a user role other than Administrator you will not have access to the “Users” or “Settings” panels.


Transcript of video

Today we’ll be going through how to navigate the Pressbooks dashboard, and taking a look at all of the different tools that you have available at your disposal.

This tutorial is mostly a high-level overview and we won’t be teaching you how to use most of the tools we cover. We will, however, cover more of these tools in greater depth in later tutorials.

The My Catalogue button allows you to see and select other books within your Pressbooks account. So if you’ve got more than one book, you can rapidly switch between them right here.

If you click on this button with your book’s title, you’ll switch from Editing View to Book View, where you can see how the book looks once it’s rendered online.

The Comments button displays any comments on your book. By default, comments are disabled, and we usually leave them disabled for open textbooks, so we don’t really need to worry about comments.

Now let’s move onto the main navigation bar on the left-hand side, which houses most of the major Pressbooks functions that you’ll be using.

The Dashboard gives you an overview of your book. All of your parts and chapters are arranged over here on the left, and you can see who has access to your book over here to the right.

In the Text panel, you have all your tools for adding, editing, and reorganizing your content into parts and chapters – and we’ll talk more about adding and editing content with these tools in a later tutorial.

In Book Info, you’re able to adjust your book’s information and metadata – so in this form in the centre of the page, you can edit information such as author information, publishing information, and copyright info.

In the Appearance panel, you’re able to change the theme as well as the theme options of your book, in order to adjust your book’s appearance. And, we’re going to make sure that we activate the Open Textbooks theme, down at the bottom right, which contains important tools for editing open textbooks.

The Export tool allows you to export your book into different file formats such as PDF, EPUB, and MOBI in this list on the right, and then export and download those files by clicking on this button here. We’ll be covering exporting more in depth in a later tutorial.

The Import tool allows you to import content from sources like Word documents and HTML files into Pressbooks. So if you’ve already got content for your book, this is the way to import them. We’ll cover importing in more depth in a later tutorial.

The Pressbooks Textbook panel contains tools for working with content from other open textbooks. The Search and Import tool allows you to import content from another book or from its individual chapters. The Download Textbooks tool allows you to download other open textbooks from the collection into different file formats.

The Media panel is where you’ll find all of the media for your book – so things like images, videos, or files that you want to host and embed or link to in your book. Again, since this is a new book, there’s nothing here right now. We’ll talk more about adding and using media in a later tutorial.

The Users panel lets you see and edit who can access your book. You can invite other people to view and contribute to your book in different capacities. So for example, if you have an editor that you want to invite to edit your book, you can do that here by using the “Add Existing” button at the top of the screen.

Finally, the Settings panel contains numerous options for privacy, exporting, and for displaying formulas with the LaTeX tool, which is a tool for rendering mathematical formulas.

So there you go! That’s a brief overview of how to navigate the Pressbooks dashboard and all of the tools that you have available at your disposal.

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