Open Textbook Publishing

The Iowa State University Digital Press supports the publication of open textbooks through Pressbooks. Pressbooks is an easy-to-use web-based authoring tool based on Wordpress that creates mobille-friendly web books, with options to export in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats.

Pressbook Features

  • Easily embed multimedia 
  • Integrate interactive elements in your textbooks with H5P
  • Allow annotations with
  • Create feature-rich tables with TablePress
  • Incorporate mathematical equations with MathJax and QuickLatex
  • Easy export to PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats

Open Textbook Examples


Ready to Get Started?

In order to get a new open textbook set up in Pressbooks, submit the Pressbooks Set Up Form.

The Scholarly Publishing Services Librarian will review the form, contact you with any questions, and then create the book and set up accounts for all listed authors and editors. You'll receive an email from Pressbook with a link to verify your account. Click that link to get started!