I got here via Erik at the WM Foundation.
I'm working with Pratham Books  and we're a non-profit children's
book publishing house that seeks to put a book in every child's hand.
To further this goal, we are in the process of developing a reading
portal for India, on the lines of the water portal  that we hope
will ultimately be the de facto repository of information related to
children's books in India.
An integral part of this portal is a wiki-like platform where we hope
to upload all of our books, close to 1000 of them, and allow them to
be translated and edited and downloaded in high and lo res PDF's by
users. The goal of this project is to untie distribution of the books
from the physical medium to further our mission, as mentioned
However, given that it's children's books, maintaining and preserving
the layout of the books, the pictures with respect to the text, is
crucially important. We also contemplate uploading blank templates, of
only the layout and pictures, for people to use to write their own
A few areas we're looking for assistance are:
Given the nature of the content we're seeking to create and enable use
and re-use of , the ease of use and the intuitiveness of the UI will
be crucial in building support from a user base.
Ideally, we'd like the platform to conform to the same standards that
the project does of being open, free and modifiable. However, the
deeper technical issues are, at this point, a little beyond our scope
In particular, building an active and engaged community around the
idea and the content will define whether this platform works. Also,
issues and processes for moderation and administration from within the
I look forward to hearing from you.
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I'd be very happy to chat with Wikibooksians from other countries (and
from other language projects :-P). Now I'm on holiday so I have
limited Internet connection and bandwidth. It's a very good idea, i
prefer on IRC (we can also organise a group on Skype of course).
Il giorno 30/lug/08, alle ore 14:00, textbook-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org
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> From: adam hyde <adam(a)flossmanuals.net>
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> I was wondering if it might be interesting to have an informal
> about wikis and books...I'd love to talk to more wikibooks ppl (and
> others) about general and specific issues surrounding licenses, tech,
> process etc
> either a realspace meeting or a organised series of discussions via
> or similar...
> anyone keen for something like this?
> Adam Hyde
> FLOSS Manuals
> + 31 6 2808 7108
I was wondering if it might be interesting to have an informal gathering
about wikis and books...I'd love to talk to more wikibooks ppl (and
others) about general and specific issues surrounding licenses, tech,
either a realspace meeting or a organised series of discussions via VOIP
anyone keen for something like this?
+ 31 6 2808 7108