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. Please take this into account when deciding to use Pressbooks for the creation of course and assignment 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 and host books for the web and in formats like PDF, MOBI, and EPUB. It can be used to collaboratively create and distribute 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, please contact the DoIT Help Desk. Include your netid and a brief description of what your goals are with Pressbooks. Once you have an account, you can login to Pressbooks at

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

After getting your account and setting your password, create your Pressbook. See Pressbooks - Creating a Pressbook (UW-Madison) .

Resources on Pressbooks

If you'd like to meet with a consultant about Pressbooks, please contact the DoIT Help Desk and request a consult with Learn@UW-Madison. There are also 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.
  4. UW-Madison Pressbooks User Group - A community of practice which gives users a forum to discuss successes, challenges, and issues related to their Pressbooks projects. Send an email to to be subscribed to the wisclist.

See Also: