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Pressbooks: Getting Started

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 our Scholarly Communication Guide or email us at

Introduction to Pressbooks

Apply for an Account


Requesting and creating a textbook is a commitment to contributing your textbook to the Open Educational Resources community. We ask that you read the UWF Pressbooks Policy & Guidelines linked below.  You will be asked to confirm that you have read this information in the application linked below. Part of the application process includes a publishing consultation along with two workshops: Pressbooks Intro and Copyright/Creative Commons Licenses, and Pressbooks book review.


Pressbooks Application

Pressbooks User Guide

There are a wide variety of resources available to assist you as you author your text. The Pressbooks user guide provides extensive information about navigating and using Pressbooks.  Check this out:

The Simple 5 Step Guide to Making a Book with Pressbooks

Create Your Book

If you already have an account on an EDU or self-hosted Pressbooks network, you can create a book by doing the following:

  1. Login to your admin dashboard & click the ‘Create a Book‘ button:
    Create new book interface
  2. Fill in your desired webbook address and book title and click the ‘Create book‘ button. Your webbook address cannot be changed later, so choose this value carefully. The book title can be easily changed at any point in the future.Pressbooks' Create a new book interface

Add Your Book Information

The Book Info page is where you add and edit important information (metadata) about your book.

  1. From your book dashboard, click ‘Book Info’
  2. Enter your desired Book Information and click ‘Save‘ in the ‘Save Book Information‘ widget.

Add and Organize Your Text

You can add and organize your text from the Organize page in the left sidebar menu of your book dashboard. The organize page will allow you to see all of your existing content, its order, and its display status. You’ll see the three main components of your book on this page:

Front Matter: Content in this section may include your introduction, foreword, dedication, and more. You can read more in our chapter on Front Matter.

Parts & Chapters: These comprise main body of your book. Your book can contain one or more Parts. Each part can contain one or moe Chapters. Learn more in our chapters on adding Parts and adding Chapters to your book.

Back Matter: Content in this section may include your epilogue, appendix, information about contributors, and more. More details can be found in our chapter on Back Matter.

For more information on other ways to import your text into Pressbooks, check out our guide chapter on How to Get Your Book into Pressbooks.

Choose Your Book Theme

Once you’ve entered or imported the content that will make up your book, you can select and apply your preferred Theme. Each Pressbooks theme is a unique template which governs the display of your webbook and export formats (including PDF and ebook exports).

Browse available themes by clicking Appearance > Themes from your Book Dashboard:

Once you’ve selected a theme, you can customize several of the design elements for your webbook and export files using Theme Options or Custom CSS.

Pressbooks User Guide by Book Oven Inc. ( is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License, except where otherwise noted. Icon for the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

UWF Guide Adapted from "Pressbooks: Introduction" by Illinois LibraryUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is licensed under CC BY 4.0