Pressbooks - Requesting an account and resources to get started (UW-Madison)

Pressbooks is an innovative, open-source tool and is still emerging as an enterprise-level platform with predictable performance. As a result, the vendor and other contributors to the platform may not be able to immediately respond to performance issues that arise. Please take this into account when deciding to use Pressbooks for the creation of course and assignment materials. There may be times when Pressbooks may be unavailable and that could mean students will not be able to access materials. Learn@UW-Madison continues to track and document known issues with Pressbooks.

This document provides information on how instructors can request an account and resources to get started with Pressbooks.

Pressbooks is software that lets you author books for the web and in formats like PDF, MOBI, and EPUB. It can be used to create Open Educational Resources (OER).

Requesting a Pressbooks Account

Screenshot showing the Pressbooks Edit Chapter screen with a page on Bucky Badger's origin loaded.If you are affiliated with UW-Madison and would like to use Pressbooks to create an open textbook or other learning material, please e-mail Learn@UW at Include your netid. Once you have an account you can access Pressbooks at and login.

Your account will be manually created. Your login will be your netid and the e-mail associated with it will be the e-mail listed for you in the UW-Madison directory. You will receive an e-mail when your account is created which will include your username and a link to set your password.

The first step after getting your account and setting your password is to create your Pressbook. See Pressbooks - Creating a Pressbook (UW-Madison) .

Resources on Pressbooks

If you'd like a consult on Pressbooks you can e-mail Learn@UW at There are several self help resources you can utilize to learn to author content with Pressbooks:

  1. Pressbooks User Guide - Documentation on Pressbooks written by the people behind Pressbooks.
  2. Pressbooks YouTube Videos - A collection of tutorial videos on using the Pressbooks online book writing and publishing software platform.
  3. UW-Madison KnowledgeBase Pressbooks documents - UW-Madison documentation on Pressbooks. Learn@UW will be adding to these over the course of the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semester.
  4. UW-Madison Pressbooks Users Group - A community of practice which gives users a forum to discuss successes, challenges, and issues related to their Pressbooks projects. E-mail to be subscribed to the wisclist.
  5. Pressbooks 101 - A Pressbook written by LSS on the use of Pressbooks.

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Keywords:pressbooks, oer, etext, open, educational, resources, user, create, textbook,   Doc ID:86804
Owner:Content Authoring Support .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2018-10-16 13:20 CSTUpdated:2018-11-16 12:55 CST
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