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Pressbooks: Introduction

What is Pressbooks?

Pressbooks is a WordPress-based online platform for self-publishing books in multiple formats: e-books, textbooks, webbooks, and print-ready PDFs. The software, which is open source, makes significant changes to the WordPress admin interface, web presentation, and export routines. Although popular with monographs, edited collections, open textbooks, its built-in interactive H5P plug-in also makes it a good choice for Open Educational Resources. 

The University of West Florida Libraries currently provides support for Pressbooks involving an author agreement with the library and working on a publication timeline. Please request a publishing consultation to begin the process. 


Please, Ask Us for Help!

If you are a member of faculty at the University of West Florida are having trouble using Pressbooks or need assistance with other publishing resources, you can contact the UWF Library Coordinator of Scholarly Communication. 

For more information, visit Scholarly Communication Guide or email us at

For UWF Pressbooks Assistance Contact


Please feel free to contact about apply for or using our Pressbooks authoring software

Basics of Pressbooks for Academic Publishing

Pressbooks Authoring & Editing

Reuse, Remix, Redistribute, Revise, Retain

The vast majority of Open Access and Open Educational Resources have what is called a Creative Commons Licenses. These licenses allow creators to designate how their work may be used by others, with the point being to support equitable research and educational resources for all.  Creative Commons Licenses are built on the following 5 principles.


As a content creator you decide which license to use, add it to your work, and then publish it to your website, your institutional website, a repository, or OA/OER resource site. Once done is is available for reuse around the world within the parameters set by you.

For more information about the Creative Commons please visit our guide Copyright, Fair Use, and More. And feel free to contact for questions and assistance.


Image from Making Open Educational Resources: A Guide for Students by Students by Ashlyne O'Neil, et. al. a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Reasons to use Pressbooks

  • Low-medium learning curve
  • Downloadable in multiple formats
  • Ideal for monographs, manuscripts, blog-to-book, and open textbooks
  • Similar to WordPress
  • Make textbooks readily available and affordable for students