Pressbooks is Now Live

Word is going around on Twitter today that Pressbooks has entered public beta. If you make your own eBooks then this is definitely one you’ll want to look at.

Pressbooks is a web based eBook creation tool. It’s built on top of WordPress, and it’s designed to be a simple and capable. way to make Epub, PDF, and other formats (InDesign, for example). I have not tried it yet myself, but I plan to.

I’ve posted about other web-based tools – eBookBurn, for example. One thing that sets Pressbooks apart is that it is currently free for the self-publishing author and for the very small publisher. I’ve been aware of it for about 5 months now, and the idea has intrigued me. In spite of the fact that it is considered a blogging platform, WordPress is actually a web-publishing tool which is quite easy to use and sturdy.The idea that I could adapt my experience with WordPress to eBook making is very appealing.