What is it?

Pressbook is a print and electronic book production service.

Why use it?

Pressbooks is a simple book production software that enables faculty to create custom, open-source textbooks for their courses. These can take the form of interactive web books, PDFs for print, and ebooks. This tool is perfect for faculty who would like to use their own materials to make an open-source textbook, or have found an open-source textbook that they would like to adapt or localize to their teaching or classroom.

Use case example

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology Esther Hernández-Medina used Pressbooks as a way to encourage cooperation amongst her students by having them transform their final sociology papers into digital edited volumes together. She intended to share her students’ Pressbooks beyond the classroom, but they opted to have their work remain private. Nonetheless, Professor Hernández-Medina still praised the quality of work her students produced, and attributed it to the collaborative aspects of the project that Pressbooks enables.

See Esther Hernández-Medina discuss her use of Pressbooks:

How do I get started?

If you are interested in using Pressbooks, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Jennifer Beamer will get you started. You can reach her at

How do I get help?

ITS Staff is also available to answer your questions and meet you for a consultation and/or group training, if needed. We can help brainstorm ideas for using Pressbooks in your teaching based on your specific needs and discipline. Simply reach out to

Support Resources

Pressbooks also has resources to help you get started. You can read about using Pressbooks for Educational Institutions, or read the OER Creation and Adaptation workshop guide.


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