Source Fabric’s Booktype review | simple, open source platform that lets anyone write, edit and publish

 

Booktype is a simple, open source platform that lets anyone write, edit and publish printed or electronic books.

 

And, since it’s open source ….well it’s FREE!

Booktype allows you to upload your document, copy and paste or use the built in editor.

It really is a simple matter to get your book upload and start editing – or start from scratch.

 

THE GOOD / 

THE BAD / 

  • Open Source
  • Publishing Platform
  • Publishes to PDF, EPUB, MOBI
  • Expensive support options
  • No distribution tools

 

THE BOTTOMLINE /

An open source book publishing platform worth checking out.

 

Some nice features are collaborating tools like chat & revisions and you can track those revisions and commit them to the final.

Once your book is ready, you can output to a number of formats:

  • Print ready PDF
  • Screen ready PDF
  • Epub
  • MOBI
  • XHTML

There’s even an export history.

 

Source Fabric at a glance

 

What’s the price?

So, since it’s open source there are a few things you need to know. Like, hosting web services and installing from GitHub (here: http://sourcefabric.github.com/Booktype).

The cost is free for this “Community Edition”. If you have an IT infrastructure and have a need for collaborative publishing tools, then this version is for you!

OR, you can purchase hosting solutions provided at http://booktype.pro – Prices start at around $50/mo for 3 users.

  

Who’s it For?

Booktype is a SAS solution for organizations and enterprises.  

It’s perfect for large non-profits and enterprises that have a big need for collaborative document creation and publication.

Support is via paid support plans that start at about $50/mo.

 

 

Specifications  
Contract: No
Author Rights: Author retains
Book Pricing: You set
Retail Pricing: You Set
Delivery Platform: None
Distribution Assistance: No
Ease of Use: Easy – Medium

 

Company Overview

Editor’s note: Parts of this information was taken directly from the company’s page 

 

Source Fabrics Booktype makes it easier for people and organizations to collate, organize, 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.