Pressbooks offers two ways to organize the content of your textbook.

  • A chapter that displays as a single page.
  • A series of chapters that function as individual pages.

These options each have their own strengths and weaknesses. In this section, we’ll look at both ways of structuring content, so that you can gauge¬†which style will work best for your content.

One Page Organization



Takes advantage of popular web format (single scrolling page). Some students may not like scrolling down a long page of content.
All chapter content is in one place. Can look busy when filled with text, media, and activities.
All exercises are embedded throughout the chapter. Not as easy to get back to prior content for review.

Multi-Chapters as Pages



Reads more like a traditional book. Adds many “chapters” to the book.
Content is broken up into pieces so students can pick and choose what they look at. Students may skip important content.
Exercises can be stand alone. Needs structuring decisions to be made up front.

Next, we’ll take a look at both styles of structuring content in pressbooks.


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