Have you opened a book lately?

By Jonathan B. Miller

This is an online guidebook for the talk entitled Have you opened a book lately?, by Jonathan B. Miller, for the Central Pennsylvania Open Source Conference at IU13 Conference and Training Center, Lancaster, PA, on Saturday, October 19th, 2013.

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Talk description

This presentation explores the motivations and means for authoring books with "open" copyright. The difference in gratis and libre philosophies will be briefly contrasted, as well as business models that can help support open book authors.

Using Shaw's learn-x-the-hard-way framework as a base, we will explore how Python, dexy, reStructuredText, LaTeX, and more come together to make a publication-ready technical book. Deployment options for HTML and PDF will be demonstrated. No prior experience required.

The Business Case

The source code for this workshop's documentation lives at https://bitbucket.org/JMill/cposc2013. There is also a README.