Adding OpenStax Books to Pressbooks

Preparations before File Export

The Pressbooks account created for an OpenStax book is purely for generating editable Pressbooks and WordPress files. If OpenStax has a PDF, HTML and EPUB files, these are used rather than the ones exported from Pressbooks.

Book Info Page

Before adding the Pressbooks and WordPress files (.xml) to the book’s record in a collection, check the following fields on the Book Info page to ensure they are correct. Copy the information for the book from the OpenStax website.

  1. Title
  2. Author (typically OpenStax)
  3. Language: make sure it’s set to English
  4. Upload the custom edition copy of the OpenStax cover to “Cover Image”. This has been provided to BCcampus by OpenStax.[1]
  5. Copyright Year (sometimes spans several years, e.g. 1999-2016)
  6. Copyright Holder (typically held by Rice University)
  7. Copyright License (typically CC BY)
  8. Copyright Notice: use statement from Open Stax, e.g.  (Look for this information under the “Attribution” tab found at the bottom of each web page of the book on the OpenStax website.)
    (c) 1999-2016, Rice University. Except where otherwise noted, content created on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
    Under this license, any user of this textbook or the textbook contents herein must provide proper attribution as follows:The OpenStax College name, OpenStax College logo, OpenStax College book covers, OpenStax CNX name, and OpenStax CNX logo are not subject to the creative commons license and may not be reproduced without the prior and express written consent of Rice University. For questions regarding this license, please contact

  9. About the Book/Short Description
  10. Keywords: add whatever key topics are covered by the book
  11. Bisac Subject: search pertinent subject(s) areas here:

Testing the Pressbooks and WordPress Files

Once the above steps are completed,

  1. Export these XML files.
    1. WXR (Pressbooks)
    2. WXR vanilla (WordPress)
  2. Download the exported Pressbooks file.
  3. Conduct the first step of importing it into a test book in Pressbooks, but not the second step (the actual import). Examine the layout of the Parts and Chapters and make sure that all of these are present and laid out in the correct order.
  4. NOTE: BCcampus does not export the EPUB, MOBI, or ODT files from the BCcampus Pressbooks instance of the OpenStax nor include it as one of the files added to the B.C. Open Textbook collection. The reason for this is because of this requirement by OpenStax (which we cannot easily meet):
If you redistribute part of this textbook, then you must retain in every digital format page view (including but not limited to EPUB, PDF, and HTML) and on every physical printed page the following attribution:
“Download for free at”

  1. Contact OpenStax for a custom edition cover for your project: .

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