Booktype sourcefabric

The open source platform to help you write and publish print and digital books.

Booktype makes it easier for people and organisations to collate, organise, edit and publish books. Delivering frictionlessly to print, third party services via an API and almost any ereader, Booktype facilitates collaborative production processes. No more lost manuscripts, overwritten Word files, awkward wikis or cumbersome CMSes.

Want Sourcefabric to take care of your own platform's installation, hosting, upgrades, and security? Look no further than Booktype Pro.


  • Book deletion in Booktype Book deletion in Booktype
  • Chapter deletion in Booktype Chapter deletion in Booktype
  • Booktype's editing interface Booktype's editing interface
  • Drag and drop interface Drag and drop interface
  • Output to iPad, Kindle, Nook and print Output to iPad, Kindle, Nook and print
  • Collaborate and publish Collaborate and publish
  • Send messages, text and images Send messages, text and images
  • Start a book community! Start a book community!
  • Import from epub and archive.org Import from epub and archive.org
  • Booktype settings Booktype settings
  • Move around chapters and content Move around chapters and content
  • Integrates perfectly with Lulu.com Integrates perfectly with Lulu.com

  • "I was looking for a way to give our authors a simple, powerful way to edit and create books and Booktype is it!"

    Alessandro De Giorgi Youcanprint.it
  • "Booktype is becoming the ideal platform for open publishing. With the booksprint methodology, Booktype enabled us generate the Spending Data Handbook in a few days, while remaining open to feedback and development."

    Friedrich Lindenberg Head of Labs (Technology), http://okfnlabs.org
  • "I was impressed at how seamless and almost invisible Booktype was in the project. It was very empowering for all involved, it seemed to remove hierarchy and made the whole editing process very transparent."

    Marita Fraser IT Specialist, University College London
  • "For those disappointed in the current selection of self-publishing tools, there's a new option. Booktype is a self-hosted, open source and collaborative authoring tool for e-books and print books. Think of it like a Wordpress for books."

    John Paul Titlow Journalist, Read Write Web
  • "There is a demonstrated need for Booktype, a software that resolves challenging issues in collaborative knowledge production resulting in high quality print and ebooks. Booktype is an important new approach in knowledge production and dissemination."

    Erik Möller Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
  • "Booktype will make it easier for companies and people to collate, organise and edit content, and make it ready for publication. Collaboration doesn’t just make the book better, it also makes writing books quicker."

    Suw Charman-Anderson Journalist, forbes.com
  • "Booktype is the present and future of collaborative publishing, and we could not live without it in the work we do. It bakes the values of the open web and the passion of the free knowledge movement into a platform that aggregates knowledge while catalyzing communities."

    Allen Gunn Executive Director, Aspiration
  • "Really excited about the launch of Booktype. Adam Hyde and crew have been leading the way in collaborative book writing for years. Booktype takes it to the next level."

    Mark Surman Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
  • "More books are being written by multiple authors. An issue we're going to face in the future is more frequent updates to content as well as short-form content that can grow over time. Booktype responds to those needs very well."

    Joe Wikert General Manager, Publisher & Chair, Tools of Change, O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • "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."

    Mike Linksvayer Vice President, Creative Commons

  • Julian grew up in Rome and Bonn. He studied Philosophy and Cultural Sciences in Munich and Bremen and has been living in Berlin since 1998. He has had the pleasure of working in Berlin's creative and media scene as well as at Gestalten Publishers for several years. 

    Julian Sorge Booktype Product Manager, Booktype
  • Helmy is based in Managua, Nicaragua, where he studied at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería. He's passionate about open source and vanguard technologies, and he is always looking to learn something new.

    Helmy Giacoman Booktype Developer, Booktype
  • Boštjan likes to think he's a renaissance man, but you have to take that with a grain of salt. Still, he holds a MSc in electronics, is a certified Slovene sign language interpreter, a triathlete, radio and social media buff, language researcher and now can also claim to be part of the Booktype team.

    Boštjan Jerko Booktype Developer, Booktype
  • Aleksander has a broad spectrum of programming experience having worked on many projects from multiplayer games, library software, financial applications, artistic projects, web site analysis applications, and systems for managing domain registration.

    Aco Erkalovic Lead Developer, Booktype
  • Vladimir is Sourcefabric’s Interface and Usability Designer and is the man behind the look and feel of the Booktype interface. With over a decade of graphic and web design experience, he now specialises in workflows - vital for Booktype.

    Vladimir Stefanović Interface Designer, Booktype
  • Free and Open Source

    Booktype is a free, open source platform that allows organisations and communitites to produce beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any ereader within minutes.

  • Cloud-hosted service

    Produce better books, faster, while Sourcefabric takes care of your own platform's installation, hosting, upgrades, and security.

  • Choice and Control

    Booktype is installed and hosted on your server, so all content belongs to you. Give any licence to any book. No platform or data lock-in, no hidden fees, no restrictive service agreements.

  • Publish Print and Digital

    Merge digital and print workflows to produce perfectly formatted books ready for iPad, Kindle, Nook and print within minutes.

  • Flexible and Scalable

    Use Booktype in a closed business environment for the production of inhouse materials, online for the production of open educational resources, or for community based production.

  • Perfect Formatting

    Booktype's web-based drag and drop interface takes care of your book's table of contents, images, chapters, page numbers, footnotes and complete formatting.

  • Collaborate Online

    Turn any number of people, anywhere, into editors, authors and proofreaders via the web with simultaneous editing, live chat and internal messaging tools.



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