The "Organize" tab is where you will create new chapters, parts, and content.
There are three preset parts in your book: Front Matter, Main Body, and Back Matter. There is also an automatic glossary function. Front and Back Matter are usually used for additional information like prefaces, indexes, or acknowledgements. The Main Body is where you will create the bulk of your chapters. You can create as many additional parts or sections in the Main Body as you need.
You can add new content using the buttons at the top of the page near the book's title, or the "Add" buttons found in each section.
Once materials are created, you can organize them by dragging and dropping the chapters into a different order, or using the "Move Up/Down" option when you hover over a chapter title. Note: Main Body content cannot be moved into Front or Back Matter, or visa versa.
Once you have created a chapter, you will see a page where you can add a title and create content. You can also add chapter-level metadata and adjust the visibility settings for the chapter.
The editor is very similar to many online blogs and content creation tools (if you've used WordPress it will be very familiar). The toolbar on the editor has many of the same functions as Microsoft Word or other standard word processing software. Some specific features for Pressbooks include:
Above the toolbar you will also see some additional tools:
Pressbooks allows you to import content from five different file types:
Once you have uploaded the file, you may have the option to import the content as multiple parts or chapters. This feature is only available if you have formatted headings and sections in your original format. It is highly recommended to do this so it does not import all content as a single chapter.
Most formats do not import exactly the way they appear in the original format. For example, the visual math editor in Microsoft Word will not directly import into Pressbooks. Expect to do some review and clean up of content after importing materials into your book.
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