|| ||Adam Thomas <adam.thomas-AT-sourcefabric.org> |
|| ||Booktype, an open source platform to write and publish print and digital books |
|| ||Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:33:53 +0100|
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Booktype is Sourcefabric's free, open source platform for writing and publishing print and digital
books. It's built for collaborative writing, is open source and free, can push to all channels
including print and it allows anyone to build an entire platform and community around writing,
editing and publishing.
We're hoping it's really going to open up publishing for independent publishers but also for
organisations that don't traditionally see themselves as publishers.
Full press release is below.
Press Pack: http://www.sourcefabric.org/attachment/50/BooktypeTwoPage...
As ever, please get in touch if you need any more information. All my contacts are below, feel free
to call or skype.
Best wishes, Adam
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Booktype, an open source platform to write and publish print and digital books
NEW YORK—February 14, 2012—Sourcefabric today announced Booktype, a free, open source platform
that produces books for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes. Individuals
and organisations can create books solo or collaboratively with others via the web. The
announcement was made at at O'Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.
"With Booktype, book production becomes open, collaborative and something anyone can do,” said
Booktype Project Lead Adam Hyde. “You can work with people distributed all over the world to
access the skills and knowledge needed to create the books you want. Booktype changes everything."
• clean, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop interface
• simultaneous editing, live chat and messaging tools
• powerful, quick output to pdf, epub, mobi, odt and html
• export books ready for Amazon, iBooks, Lulu.com and other print-on-demand or ebook stores
• collaborative tools to engage proofreaders, editors and contributors
• merged print and digital workflow to keep books up-to-date across all platforms
• individual book history, versions, clones, editing permissions and license management
• easy import of content, chapters and entire books from other sources for remix and reuse
Booktype can be used as an out-of-the-box community platform to enable contributors to create
profiles, join groups, watch books, chat live, post status messages and keep track of book
activity. Communities such as www.booki.cc and FLOSS Manuals are already using the platform with
thousands of contributors in multiple languages collaborating on everything from cookbooks to
textbooks, reference guides to works of fiction.
“Booktype is an exciting new innovative platform that is bringing book production online and is
an important new form of free culture and free knowledge production,” said Mike Linksvayer, Vice
President at Creative Commons and long-term supporter of the project.
Booktype uses WebKit, the open source project that powers Google’s Chrome browser and Apple’s
iBooks app. This ensures great looking content across all mobile, tablet and ereader platforms,
plus makes designing books easy for anyone with knowledge of web design. Sourcefabric are currently
working on adding interactive ebook design and advanced typographic control to Booktype’s
http://booktype.org/ (live on 14th Feb 2012)
Sourcefabric is a Czech non-profit organisation that builds open source tools for journalists,
newsrooms and radio stations. It has its headquarters in Prague, branches in Berlin and Toronto,
and representatives in Minsk, Guatemala, Warsaw, Belgrade and Cluj. It started life as CAMP in
1998, the new-media arm of the Media Development Loan Fund. In 2010 Sourcefabric launched as a
wholly autonomous organisation securing private funding that propelled it into the ranks of one of
the largest European open source projects for news and media.
Communications Manager, Sourcefabric
www.sourcefabric.com | www.sourcefabric.org
10969 Berlin, Germany
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