Pressbooks makes it easy to create the files you need for ebook stores such as the Kindle Store, Kobo, iBooks and Smashwords (as well as beautiful PDFs for print-on-demand). This part of the Guide will cover:
- Different file formats for ebooks
- How to export your files
- Ebook export options
- How to test your ebook exports to make sure they look good!
About Ebook File Formats
Pressbooks exports your ebook files as EPUB files.
- EPUB is the standard file format used by ebook retailers: Amazon, Apple’s iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and every other ebookstore.
Customizing Ebook Theme Options Before Export
- On the export screen, click on “Your Theme Options.”
- Under global options (these apply to all book formats), make sure each option is set to what you require.
- Click on “Ebook Options.”
- Decide whether to indent or skip lines between paragraphs.
- Compress your images here if desired.
Exporting Your Ebook Files in Pressbooks
- Go to your Pressbooks dashboard.
- Click “Export” on the menu at left.
- Select EPUB.
- Click “Export Your Book.”
- Download your exported files by hovering over the file and clicking ‘Download’.
Testing Your Ebook Exports & Making Sure They are Valid
While created on a user-friendly platform, your final ebook files are “code” that the Pressbooks system has generated. But, as with any project involving code, it’s important to check that the code is behaving as expected — you may have put something into your ebook that will break it! Or, you might find that things don’t look exactly as you expect.
So, it’s a good idea to do two things:
- Test your ebook to see what it will look like in the wild.
- “Validate” your ebook.
Testing Your Ebook
To test what your ebook will look like, see our Guide section: How to Test Your Ebook.
Validating Your Ebook
To check if your EPUB is valid, there are two great resources:
- FlightDeck from eBook Architects…a very nice tool, free for now
- EPUB Validator, from the IDFP