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Booktype

Booktype
Booktype Version 2 Editor Screenshot.png
Developer(s) Sourcefabric
Initial release 14 February 2012 (2012-02-14)
Stable release
2.2 / 2 March 2017; 7 months ago (2017-03-02)
Written in Python
Operating system Linux, OS X
Available in Albanian, Catalan, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish; translatable
Type Bookmaking software
License GNU Affero General Public License v3
Website booktype.pro

Booktype is a free and open source[1] software for authoring, collaborating, editing, and publishing books to PDF, ePub, .mobi, and HTML formats.[2][3] It was launched by Sourcefabric in February 2012 when Booktype evolved from the Booki software, which powers FLOSS Manuals.[4][5]

In March 2015 it was announced that Amnesty International was using a pre-release version of Booktype 2.0 to publish its Annual Report on the state of human rights, in multiple languages.[6]

Booktype interface localizations are crowd-sourced from volunteers in a Transifex project.[7]

While Booktype is open source software, it also exports books to the proprietary desktop publishing software Adobe InDesign via the ICML markup language.[8]

Facilitators of the book sprint method - creating a book collaboratively in a short period of time - regard Booktype as a "specialist software for doing book sprints".[9]

Organisations using Booktype

Amnesty International has been using Booktype for their annual reports three years in a row in 2014/2015, 2015/2016[10] and 2016/2017.[11] Books on Demand (de)), the European market and technology leader for digital book publications use Booktype branded as easyEditor for their self-publishing service.[12] The Berlin-based publisher mikrotext uses Booktype for their entire catalogue.[13]

Nominations and Awards

In 2016, Booktype was shortlisted for the contentSHIFT innovation award of the Frankfurt Book Fair but did not win.[14]

In 2017, Booktype won the Neuland 2.0 jury award for innovation in media and book publishing at the Leipzig Book Fair.[15]

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