NEW YORK—February 14, 2012—Sourcefabric today announced Booktype, a free, open source platform that produces books ready 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."
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 toolset.
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.