Welcome

Welcome to the home of the Pressbooks Open Source project.

Pressbooks is a book content management system that allows users to publish books to the public web and produce exports in multiple formats, including EPUB, PDF, and various XML flavours. The system is built on top of WordPress Multisite but makes significant changes to the admin interface, web presentation layer and export routines of a standard WordPress installation. Pressbooks is free software, released under the GPL v3.0 license.

Pressbooks is used by educational institutions, academic presses, small publishers, as well as individual authors. There are three ways to use it:

  1. Create an individual book on our self-service Pressbooks instance. This is ideal for individual authors.
  2. Let us host and maintain a Pressbooks network for you. Pressbooks plans include managed hosting, security updates, tech support and training, and will save your IT/development team countless hours. This is ideal for educational institutions and publishers of all sizes.
  3. Host and maintain Pressbooks yourself. Those who pursue this option will need to have access to developers and sysadmins capable of hosting and maintaining a network and troubleshooting technical issues. If you plan to self-host, see our user and developer guides.

No matter how you choose to use Pressbooks, we encourage you to get involved with the project!