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Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« on: March 30, 2014, 06:22:30 pm »
I just had the best idea ever, and I need some help to get it off the ground.

The idea is called "Open Book Ware." To put it in short: Github for authors. It will work like Github in that a project will start, people will contribute with branches, the project starter(s) will merge branches, etc.

Ideally, the best complete books/stories will go off to publishing and the money from those books will go to charity/charities of the author's/authors' choosing (This would be way off in the future).

That said: I need help. If some of you would like to help with the website front-end, server/database back-end, etc., that would be very helpful. In addition, I'm going to try to make a git-like client for Open Book Ware.

So whaddaya say? Willing to give me help? PM me or email me at
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 09:25:17 pm »
That might actually be a good idea.

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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 09:35:44 pm »
Do you think you can help with any of the programming/web design?

This is also a call for help post, you know :D
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2014, 10:06:02 pm »
Probably. I'll see what I can do.

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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 01:49:13 am »
Can't really help reliably bit it sounds like a good idea. ;)
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2014, 07:52:43 am »
Sounds like a sweat idea! Too bad I can't help as i'm too busy currently >.<

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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2014, 12:19:44 pm »
Oh by the way. Git is very versatile and I think it's not worth reinventing the wheel. A dedicated website separate from github would be a good idea though since that is for code while books are totally different.

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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2014, 12:21:04 pm »
You could use github for anything, though :P

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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2014, 02:09:23 pm »
True but Github is very programming oriented. Also Pimath's ideas require that a new site be made since it's probably not in Github's goals. ;)

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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2014, 03:50:20 pm »
Can't really help reliably bit it sounds like a good idea. ;)
You shouldn't put your email in clear mike that though (spam ::)).

You can still contribute :P
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Sounds like a sweat idea! Too bad I can't help as i'm too busy currently >.<

Darn it, I was hoping you'd help me with the website and with the sql/server stuffs! :P

Oh by the way. Git is very versatile and I think it's not worth reinventing the wheel. A dedicated website separate from github would be a good idea though since that is for code while books are totally different.

Fair enough, but git is also very programmer-oriented and most authors are not as such. I want this to appeal and be easy to use for everyone :D
I wish to make both a dedicated web and computer interfaces. I'll need some help with GUI frontend stuff for the computer interface (yes, in Java).

You could use github for anything, though :P

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True but Github is very programming oriented. Also Pimath's ideas require that a new site be made since it's probably not in Github's goals. ;)

Very true. Thanks for the help and feedback so far!
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2014, 11:12:41 pm »
Why not use GitHub?
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2014, 11:20:31 pm »
Because GitHub is programmer-oriented. This is about reaching to a broader audience. Also reasons previously mentioned in the topic.
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2014, 01:01:17 am »
I'd say you should still use git as the backend and just write some nice front end interfaces for it.
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2014, 02:34:59 am »
There's a Github GUI for Windows and OSX.
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Re: Open Book Ware: Collaborative Books - Open-Source Style!
« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2014, 10:27:14 am »
There's a Github GUI for Windows and OSX.
There is also a nice git GUI. That's what I would start with. That focuses more on code though and I'm not sure how well it would do with writing. Honestly I think we'd need someone who has done a good amount of collaborative writing to come tell us what would be wanted from a program like that.
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