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18 Import Options for Pressbooks Content

Josie Gray

This chart compares the four methods of importing content that is already in Pressbooks. While these import options can ultimately have the same result, they each have their own use case.

IMPORTANT: These import routines only work for books marked as “public,” and they may not work if the book has All Rights Reserved or a Creative Commons licence with a -ND (NoDerivs) restriction.

Pressbooks Import Options
Import Option What You Need What This Option Does When to Use This Option
Clone a Book
  • The URL of the Pressbook you want a copy of
  • Creates an exact copy of an entire book
  • Adds a notice that it is a cloned version, with a link back to the original book
  • Provides the option to allow readers to compare the cloned book with the original
  • If you do not already have a book shell
  • If you want an exact copy of an entire book
  • If you want readers to be able to see how your version of the book differs from the one you cloned it from
Search and Import
  • An existing Pressbook to add content to
  • A list of Pressbook domains that you want to search (you must manually add the domains you want to search)
  • Search terms
  • Allows you to search multiple Pressbooks domains for books and chapters
  • Allows you to select chapters and books from different sources and import them at once
  • If you need help finding content that you want to add or adapt but don’t know what’s out there or where to look
  • If you are looking for a specific book or chapter to import

The search feature is finicky and can be frustrating to use. Start with simple search terms, and be prepared to try different things.

Pressbooks/WordPress XML (.wxr or .xml)
  • An existing Pressbook to add content to
  • The Pressbooks XML file of the Pressbook you want a copy of
  • Creates an exact copy of an entire book, or
  • Allows you to select the parts and chapters you want imported
  • If you don’t want the features that come with cloning (the link between and option to compare the two versions)
  • If you want to select the parts and chapters to import (not possible when cloning)
Web Page or Pressbooks Webbook (.html or URL)
  • An existing Pressbook to add content to
  • The URL of the Pressbook you want a copy of
  • Creates an exact copy of an entire book, or
  • Allows you to select the parts and chapters you want imported
  • Allows you to import content from non-Pressbooks web pages
  • If you don’t want the features that come with cloning (the link between and option to compare the two versions)
  • If you want to select the parts and chapters to import (not possible when cloning)
  • If you have web content not in Pressbooks that you want to import

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Import Options for Pressbooks Content by Josie Gray is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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