Pressbooks - Overview (UW-Madison)
This document provides information about the content authoring platform Pressbooks, including tips on how to get started using the tool.
What is Pressbooks?
Pressbooks is a content authoring platform that lets you create and host custom, interactive texts for the web and in formats like PDF, MOBI, and EPUB. Authoring in Pressbooks is based on Wordpress, so a basic understanding of HTML is useful but not necessary. In addition to embedding images, videos, and other media within a text, interactive features, such as in-text knowledge checks using H5P and annotations using Hypothes.is, can also be embedded into Pressbooks.
Requesting your account
If you are affiliated with UW-Madison and would like to use Pressbooks, please contact the DoIT Help Desk for an account. In your request, please include
- Your NetID
- A brief description of what your goals are with Pressbooks
You will receive an email when your account is created, which will include your username and a link to reset your password. Once you have an account and have reset your password, you can log in to Pressbooks at wisc.pb.unizin.org.
For more information on Pressbooks and Accessibility please see Pressbooks - Accessibility & Usability Information
Pressbooks has a statement on their commitment to accessibility for users and readers.
The Pressbooks User Guide also has a page authoring accessible and inclusive materials in Pressbooks.
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