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THE BASICS

Pressbooks Standard Book Structure

Front MatterMain BodyBack Matter

Can include elements such as a preface, dedication, foreword, abstract, etc.

The bulk content of your book, typically organized into chapters

Can include elements such as an index, epilogue, bibliography, etc.

Components Pressbooks Automatically Includes in your Book

  • Title page (and in PDF, Half-title page)
  • Copyright page
  • Table of contents (optional in PDF, required in EPUB/MOBI)
  • Chapter numbers
  • Page numbers (in PDF)
  • Running headers/footers (in PDF, depending on theme)

Pressbooks offers a selection of over 50 themes to apply to your book. Themes can style your book to relate to different genres, audiences or aesthetic preferences.

  • You can browse through all themes to find the one most suitable for your book
  • OR search for relevant keywords such as:
    • Romance, Nonfiction, Memoir, YA, Children, Mystery, Thriller, Academic, Simple, Color, Classic and more

eBook Cover Specifications and Recommendations

  • 1:1.5 ratio
    • Height of the cover should be 1.5 times the width of the cover
  • Recommended dimensions: 2500 x 3750 pixels
  • Minimum dimensions: 666 x 1000 pixels
  • Maximum file size: 2 MB
  • Recommended file type: JPG
  • Note: covers are not included in PDF exports

* If you don’t have a cover, you can create one in minutes using the cover generator in Pressbook’s Export tab.

BEST PRACTICES

Copy and pasting or writing your book directly in Pressbooks is the easiest way to ensure your book is well-formatted.

  • This will preserve the formatting that will translate into an eBook, while stripping formatting that won’t.
  • Pressbooks also supports importing your manuscript directly from Word, however it might take some reformatting and cleanup to remove any automatic coding or formatting that comes in through the document that won’t translate into an eBook.

Select “No” in the Privacy section where it says “Allow search engines to index this site” since you will likely want to distribute this book on your own terms.

Be sure to use the “Styles Menu” when editing your content in Pressbooks.

  • For example, instead of just applying “bold” to text to designate it as a header, use the styles menu to select from a variety of header options. This ensures your formatted sections appear properly across all platforms.

Adding Media

  • Uploading any media you’d like to include before beginning the construction of your book provides you with a helpful image bank to select from so you won’t need to stop to upload each individual image as you continue working on your book.
  • Authors looking to submit works to SELF-e should refrain from including media components beyond the use of images.
  • Always use a caption when adding a photo, as this makes sure your image won’t slide around when viewed on different devices.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES FOR POWER USERS

If you are familiar with CSS you are not limited to the selection of Pressbooks themes. Simply apply the Custom CSS theme and get started!

Pressbooks allows you to share sample chapters of your book with your followers on social media to generate excitement about your upcoming release, at no cost!

Even after exporting your files you can go back and edit your book and export the updated files as many times as you’d like, at any time you’d like, all at no additional cost.

At any time, you can add additional collaborators to your work such as editors, readers and co-authors.

Settings Section

  • The search and replace feature here allows you to search throughout your entire book to replace a word or phrase.

Check out the Pressbooks Youtube Channel for more tips and tricks through their growing library of tutorial videos: youtube.com/user/pressbooks

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