Pressbooks is a book content management system that exports in multiple formats: ebooks, webbooks, print-ready PDF, and various XML flavours.

The system is built on top of WordPress Multisite, and makes significant changes to the admin interface, web presentation layer and export routines of a vanilla WordPress install.

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

  • Let us host and maintain a Pressbooks network for you (PressbooksEDU plans include priority setup, tech support and training, and save your IT/development team countless hours)
  • Host and maintain your own Pressbooks network (best for institutions with development staff devoted to maintaining your system)
  • Use (ideal for individuals or as a test bed for institutional use)

Pressbooks is free software, released under the GPL v3.0 license.

Cite this entry: "Pressbooks," in OARESOURCES, September 6, 2018,