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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Open Educational Resources Incentive Program

What is Pressbooks?

Pressbooks is open source book production software developed as a plugin for WordPress multisite installations. Users of WordPress will find aspects familiar, although there are also substantial changes to the front and back end to focus on production of book content.

Publications in Pressbooks follow typical book chapter-by-chapter formats. However, the chapters can integrate multimedia-content in addition to static images, and they can integrate H5P content (interactive self-assessments commonly used in open textbooks).

Pressbooks is the option for production of open textbooks supported for publication through the library through this grant under the first option listed in the CFP.

Examples of Textbooks in Pressbooks

Types of Content You Can Present in Pressbooks

Pressbooks can present the following content types:

  • Text with tables
  • Breakout text boxes for specialized content types as commonly used in textbooks
  • Equations (using LaTeX)
  • Images
  • Multimedia (audio, video)
  • H5P interactive self-assessments (Pressbooks does not record student data although some types allow students to export their responses)