Introduction

Last update: Apr 29/22

Welcome to BCcampus Open Education’s Pressbooks Guide. This support resource is for authors wanting to use the Pressbooks platform to write a new or customize an existing open textbook.

The Pressbooks Guide one of many support guides from BCcampus Open Education. It is designed to supplement the central resource: Self-Publishing Guide.

What is Pressbooks?

Pressbooks is an authoring platform built on the popular WordPress publishing and blogging website. If you have used WordPress in the past, Pressbooks should feel familiar. Pressbooks allows you to create content once and publish it in many formats including as website, PDF document, EPUB (usable in most eReaders), and various editable files.

What to expect from this guide

This Pressbooks Guide (published by BCcampus) is designed to compliment the Pressbooks User Guide published by Pressbooks.com. It follows the steps an author might take to create or modify an open educational resource (OER) in Pressbooks. Each chapter points readers to the pertinent chapters in the Pressbooks User Guide, provides any additional information, and includes instructions specific to post-secondary faculty and staff working in British Columbia and the Yukon.

Each section of this guide begins with a list of topics covered in its chapters. Key terms, specific to Pressbooks and its features, are set in bold and defined in the text body as well as summarized in the Glossary. This guide does not come with an index. Instead, use the search field located in the top-right of each page in the online version to locate a specific topic.

This guide is an ongoing resource, so it is updated as needed. Each chapter includes a “Last update” posted at the top of the page. Because this resource is edited frequently, ISBNs are not provided for this guide in accordance with the ISBNs’ User Manual.

How icons and textboxes are used

This guide uses different types of icons and textboxes to highlight different information.

Pressbooks User Guide

Pressbooks User Guide chapters are identified by the Pressbooks (PB) logo and a link to the material. (See example below.)

Pressbooks icon.For more information, see Edit Content with the Visual and Text Editors in the Pressbooks User Guide.

Pressbooks Guide

When appropriate, chapters within this Pressbooks Guide are mentioned in a shaded textbook. (See example below.)

For more information on tools available in the Pressbooks visual editor, see Enhance Content.

Other guides by BCcampus Open Education

Links to chapters in other BCcampus Open Education guides and toolkits are also included in a shaded textbox to complement the Pressbooks material. (See example below.)

To learn about standard layout for a chapter, see Textbook Outline in the Self-Publishing Guide.

Notices

If information is missing about a specific feature, this is noted as “MORE TO COME” in a standard textbook. (See example below.)

MORE TO COME: Information on how to interpret validation error logs and make corrections to a book will be added when available.

Items to take note of are marked with “IMPORTANT.”

Finally, outstanding Pressbooks issues are identified and, if available, coupled with a temporary work around in red textboxes. (See example below.)

Issue to Note

Styling tables can be a challenge when the CSS of a book overrides the HTML for individual chapters. For help with this issue, see Customizing your Exports with Custom Styles in the Pressbooks User Guide.

Pressbooks updates

The Pressbooks development community is very active and attentive to the needs of its users, and they strive to keep and improve this platform for optimal functionality. As features are added or changed, the information in this guide will be updated. Go to the Pressbooks Updates page for upcoming and past upgrades, urgent issues, and the most current version of the BCcampus Pressbooks instance.

License

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Pressbooks Guide by BCcampus is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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