Consider Pressbooks for Online Self-Publishing

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Published: Friday, August 12, 2022
Summary:

Did you know that our university offers an online self-publishing tool? The University Libraries and UCATT have partnered to offer Pressbooks.

Pressbooks is primarily used by instructors to build an open textbook, which is a more economical option than a traditional textbook. This tool can also be used to create guidebooks, staff training, and conference proceedings. The possibilities are endless! 

Design and Formatting Options

Use Pressbooks to design and format any kind of book, including:

  • PDF: for print publications that preserve your intended look and formatting

  • EPUB: for Apple iBooks, Kindle, and most other e-book platforms

  • Webbook: website version of your book that can be private or public

Additional Features

Pressbooks is used by authors, small and medium-sized publishers, and educational institutions like UA all over the world. Here are just some of the features of Pressbooks:

  • Clone and adapt existing Pressbooks

  • Style with accessible themes that display beautifully no matter the screen size of the reader's device

  • Create and add interactive quizzes & activities with H5P

  • Allow social annotation with Hypothesis

  • Publish accessible math expressions or musical notations

  • Collaborate with other authors and editors

UA Pressbooks Account

Use your @arizona.edu email to sign up for a free UA Pressbooks account.

Upcoming Webinars

Also consider the following virtual opportunities to learn more about Pressbooks:

Getting started with Pressbooks Webinar (offered twice in September)

  1. September 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT: Get more info and register in advance for this meeting
  2. September 14, 2022 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT: Get more info and register in advance for this meeting

If you would like more information, please contact your local UA Pressbooks network managers, Librarian Cheryl (Cuillier) Casey, Librarian Ellen Dubinsky, or Instructional Technologist Cheryl Neal.

Authored By:

Cheryl Neal

Cheryl Neal
Instructional Technologist III