Open Authoring Platform
Pressbooks is an online publishing platform that is built on the popular WordPress publishing and blogging platform. If you have used WordPress in the past, Pressbooks should feel familiar to you.
Pressbooks allows you to create content once and publish it in many different formats including as a website, PDF documents (print and digital), and EPUB document (usable in most e-reading applications and devices). It is also a useful tool for making changes to an existing open textbook during the adaptation process. This section will describe how to use two different versions of this publishing and editing platform.
B.C. and Yukon post-secondary faculty and staff
BCcampus has created a self-serve instance of Pressbooks for faculty and instructors who teach at a public post-secondary institution in British Columbia and the Yukon. When accessing this instance of Pressbooks, faculty must use their institutional email address.
Other post-secondary faculty and staff
The Rebus Community provides Pressbooks access to its members who want to produce an open textbook that will be released with an open-copyright licence (CC BY). This includes faculty and staff from all post-secondary institutions both in British Columbia and elsewhere.
Joining the Rebus Community is simple and free, and just requires that you create an account on their website.
Once that has been done, to request access to a Pressbooks account, fill out the Rebus Community Press – Request for Access form.
For everyone else, you can create an account and get started on the Pressbooks website at pressbooks.com.