Booktype
The open source platform to help you write and publish print and digital books.
Free and Open Source

Free and Open Source

Write, collaborate, publish.

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.


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Cloud-hosted service

Cloud-hosted service

Books in the cloud

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


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Choice and Control

Choice and Control

Total publishing freedom
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.

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Publish Print and Digital

Publish Print and Digital

From zero to book in minutes.

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


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Flexible and Scalable

Flexible and Scalable

The complete publishing solution
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.

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Perfect Formatting

Perfect Formatting

Quick, easy writing and editing via the web.
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.

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Collaborate Online

Collaborate Online

Everyone is a publisher.
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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Free and Open Source

Write, collaborate, publish.

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

Use collaborative editing, live chat and messaging tools to engage proofreaders, editors and contributors and keep track through individual book histories, versions, clones, editing permissions and license management.

Booktype's powerful, quick output to pdf, epub, mobi, odt and html will export books ready for Amazon, iBooks, Lulu.com and other print-on-demand or ebook stores. Build a community around your content with social tools and use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences.

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Cloud-hosted service

Books in the cloud

Booktype Pro is a free, cloud-hosted service, built on our open source software. With social tools, easy workflows and freedom to choose your own licences, Booktype Pro is perfect for internal, or public-facing, use. 

Publishers, newspapers, print-on-demand services and education institutions produce better books, faster, while Sourcefabric takes care of your own platform's installation, hosting, upgrades, and security.

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Choice and Control

Total publishing freedom

Booktype is installed and hosted on your server so all content belongs to you. Not only can you give any book any license you wish, but you are free to distribute where and how you wish without restriction. No platform or data lock-in, no hidden fees, no sneaky reselling costs, no restrictive service agreements.

Booktype does not require you to transfer any of your content rights to Sourcefabric. It's your content, not ours. Booktype does not make revenues from your content through any sales. it's your money not ours. Total publishing choice, total publishing control. 

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Publish Print and Digital

From zero to book in minutes.

Booktype's powerful book-rendering engine outputs to pdf, epub, mobi, odt and html, or if you prefer, export to Lulu.com (for print-on-demand) or archive.org with one click.

Merge digital and print workflows to produce perfectly formatted books ready for iPad, Kindle, Nook (and most ereaders) or regular print services, all within minutes of finishing or updating your book.

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Flexible and Scalable

The complete publishing solution

You can use Booktype in a closed business environment for the production of inhouse materials, online for the production of open educational resources, or on the 'open web' for community based production - and any point in between.

Booktype's use cases extend far and beyond the selling of books. It allows organisations of all sizes to use books to open up new revenue streams and reach new audiences through education, documentation, promotion and content reuse.

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Perfect Formatting

Quick, easy writing and editing via the web.

Booktype helps you create books by yourself or with others via the web. Open your browser, start writing, add pictures, drag and drop chapters and invite others to help you out.

Booktype takes care of the table of contents, chapters, page numbers, footnotes and all book formatting and then makes sure that this looks great, no matter what platform you wish to distribute the book on. We call it platform agnostic, and it's the way forward.

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Collaborate Online

Everyone is a publisher.

Booktype's advanced social production features makes this easier than ever. Simultaneous editing, live chat and internal messaging allows notes, citations, urls, text and pictures to be easily exchanged, dramatically speeding up the production process.

Turn any number of people, anywhere, into editors, authors and proofreaders via the web. Bring stakeholders, readers, funders into the creative process or crowdsource your book's production.

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More features worth mentioning:
Engage Audiences

A new publishing model.

Booktype gets your content into online stores and bookshops as quickly as you can write it. Publish books almost instantly to Amazon, iBooks, Lulu.com and hundreds of other places.

Charge for the book itself, or give it away free. Use the reach of mobile, tablet and ebook technology to engage new audiences, wherever they are, in new and exciting ways.

Build A Community

Books as social networks.

Start a conversation around your content. Booktype is an out-of-the-box community platform. Users can create profiles, join groups, watch books, chat live, post status messages and keep track of activity on the web. Thousands of users on FLOSS Manuals and Booki.cc use Booktype every day to publish books on every topic imaginable. What will your community write about?

Great Design

Great design across platforms.

Booktype effortlessly renders beautiful fonts, illustrations and tables to pdf, epub, mobi, odt, html and more  for digital distribution or print services. Advanced options allow you to choose from preset book formats, set ISBN numbers or even apply web-friendly CSS templates for personalised layouts and styles.

Versions and History

No more typos?

Booktype helps you keep track of who’s doing what to the book and when with intelligent chapter statuses, user roles and histories that keep everything orderly. Found a typo? Compare old and new versions side-by-side, roll back the changes and hit publish to update even print-on-demand services. Costly reprints after mistakes need never happen again.

Reuse and Remix

Become Penguin Classics overnight!

Easily share, reuse and remix content, chapters or even entire books with Booktype’s import tools. Importing content from your library, other epubs, Gutenberg (all those old out-of-copyright classics!), archive.org or other Booktype communities takes seconds. Rework, mash-up, illustrate, translate, curate and publish! Become Penguin Classics overnight!

Simple Translation

Translate content quickly and efficiently.

Clone existing books and translate either by yourself or with a community. Booktype supports all character sets and bi-directional text. It’s available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Croatian and Finnish. Additionally Booktype has an easy to use localization framework so you can easily translate the interface into your language.

Textbooks and Manuals

Perfect educational material.

Booktype is ideal for educational and technical content. Booktype lets you version (great for keeping manuals or textbooks up to date, whilst archiving old versions) or clone books (ideal for building new works from old content). Customise textbooks for your students, or use the platform to create learning experiences around books.