A few years ago, University of California Press and California Digital Library jointly dreamed of a world in which university presses and library publishers could break free from dated, print-based workflow. To do this, they wanted to leverage the power of the web to produce books that, increasingly, would be primarily accessed digitally. They felt passionate, wrote a proposal, and were funded by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation.
With Mellon funding, UCP and CDL engaged with Coko as technology partners. Coko was developing a platform to build platforms, PubSweet. Atop this modular framework, the collaboration yielded Editoria, capable of doing all of the monumental things UCP and CDL had previously dreamed about.
Weeks ago, Editoria was used to produce a print-ready book, with accompanying EPUB and PDF files, which are now circulating the world. The book is called PubSweet: How to Build a Publishing Platform, and it was authored by organizations active within the Coko tech community. These organizations include Hindawi, eLife, and EBI, in addition to Coko. To write the book in three days in a collaborative way, Book Sprints facilitated and participated in the process. The result is a real book: check it out in PDF, EPUB, & print!
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