Pressbooks publishing platform available to all University employees, students

Pressbooks publishing platform available to all University employees, students

Jan. 27, 2022

Pressbooks offers a user-friendly way to publish books, guides, and other texts (for online use or printing). Anyone at the University of Arizona can sign up for a free account.

Featuring a variety of templates and plug-ins, Pressbooks easily integrates video, images, charts, interactive H5P activitiesHypothesis annotation, and more. You can also clone other existing Pressbooks books and customize them.

Jointly supported by Digital Learning and the Libraries, Pressbooks facilitates the production of open educational resources (OER), but can also be used to publish texts that are copyrighted with all rights reserved. Pressbooks’ help section is full of user resources.

Humans R Social Media book cover with different illustrated faces

To see an example of what’s possible in Pressbooks, see the amazing open textbook Humans R Social Media, created by iSchool Assistant Professor and CUES Distinguished Fellow Diana Daly with students from her large Gen Ed class (ESOC 150B1) and the iVoices Media Lab

HRSM is a great example of open pedagogy, which involves students in the creation of OER. 

The book features student-created essays, graphics, videos, audio clips, and glossary terms.

Learning Community sessions for University of Arizona employees and students

If you’d like to learn more about OER, open pedagogy, and Pressbooks, please join our Spring 2022 Learning Community. It’s a great way to meet other OER practitioners and form a community of practice. The Learning Community is open to anyone at the University and will cover topics like:

  • How to find OER
  • How to customize and create OER using Pressbooks
  • The benefits of practicing open pedagogy with students and lowering course costs
  • Copyright, fair use, and Creative Commons licenses

Five sessions for Spring 2022 will be held via Zoom, noon-1pm

They will be led by Open Education Librarian Cheryl (Cuillier) Casey and Instructional Technologist Cheryl Neal

  • Feb. 23
  • March 2
  • March 16
  • March 30
  • April 13

Signup information will be available soon or contact Cheryl Casey at