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#1 2012-12-12 15:20:33

gaekwad
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I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

Hi. I’m Pete, I’ve been using Textpattern since v4.0.3.

Back in September, I decided it was time for me to write a book on the use and abuse of Textpattern. I’m hoping it will be ready for release/sale in Q4 of 2013. I’ve purchased a domain and installed a holding page — the laws of the Internets dictate that I have to go ahead and do this now, no turning back. No, sir.

My intentions are to write and release the book for sale electronically in late 2013. I am also hoping to have a traditional paper publisher on board for the print rights. Forum members will have preferential pricing on the electronic version which will be made available without DRM or related angst-inducing. I haven’t yet finalised what will happen to the proceeds of sales, but I expect to a) funnel money back into Textpattern development somehow and b) retire to Monaco with a big-ass yacht full of bikini-clad hotties. Or something.

Seriously, though, I’ve had the Textpattern Solutions book for some years and I don’t want to reinvent the wheel with a glorified update/point release. I’ve been doing background tasks and research for a few months, so I’m building some ideas of what the book could include — but, frankly, my opinion doesn’t matter one jot: what do you want from a new Textpattern book? You’re the person who’s going to buy it, so you should have a say.

I’d really appreciate hearing your suggestions for subjects to include and avoid. The scope of the book is not yet wholly defined, so this is an ideal time to share your ideas. I can’t promise I’ll get everything covered, of course, but knowing what’s important is very useful to me.

Thank you in advance for your input.

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#2 2012-12-12 20:03:47

Els
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

Hey, that’s great news, Pete! I’m anxious to see the suggestions that will be posted here. (I have none at the moment, because I haven’t had the time yet to give it a thought. But I’m sure that time will come.)

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#3 2012-12-12 20:29:05

mrdale
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

I think the key question is that of target reader. Which level of expertise? Textpattern is pretty open-ended in some ways. So you could conceivably do a beginner book and an advanced book, maybe even an intermediate book too.

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#4 2012-12-12 21:57:27

tye
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

Just of the top of my head, examples of how to create various sites (blog, corporate, photogallery, ecommerce etc) or site sections (Photo gallery’s, guest book, blog/news etc)

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#5 2012-12-12 22:35:46

springworks
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

mrdale wrote:

I think the key question is that of target reader. Which level of expertise? Textpattern is pretty open-ended in some ways. So you could conceivably do a beginner book and an advanced book, maybe even an intermediate book too.

That’s what I thought too.

Personally, I would be interested in an intermediate/advanced level book that gave interesting and creative examples of how to harness the power of the native Textpattern tags.

Also, an up-to-date guide to writing plug-ins would be really useful.

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#6 2012-12-13 07:05:05

bici
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

springworks wrote:

Personally, I would be interested in an intermediate/advanced level book that gave interesting and creative examples of how to harness the power of the native Textpattern tags.

I agree. A more advanced book is my preference

While the original needs updating i think it can still be useful in meeting the needs of the beginner who wants to explore Textpattern. Especially as a bloging tool. No need to go over that ground.


…. texted postive

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#7 2012-12-13 08:30:42

gaekwad
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

This is all very useful info, thank you. Truthfully, the scope and level of my book has, right now, not been pinned down. I consider myself an experienced Textpattern user and administrator, but I can’t currently read/write PHP — so plugins are out of my depth. I’m handy with tags, I like to think, but I don’t know how my knowledge compares with other people.

I’ll give this some though and brainstorming.

All input is appreciated -thank you, again.

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#8 2012-12-13 09:03:33

Destry
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

That’s a great undertaking, Pete! I think this notion of more published literature for Txp has been bubbling under the surface in more minds lately.

For example, something I’ve dropped hints about here and there in the social channels is the idea of creating a series of short ebooks; each authored by a different person, and combined making up a complete set. Each ebook would focus on a specific topic area and thus audience (or audience caliber). I think there are many advantages to this approach (over a single full book) in today’s climate:

  1. People are now mobile device users, and ebooks are more popular than ever. Most people will buy an ebook over a print for cost and convenience (though some will by both if the ebook exists).
  2. Related to #1, more and more small tablets are hitting the market (and doing very well), and one of the prime use of these tablets is reading. Popular grouping and distribution tools around digital reading make ebooks a very attractive choice.
  3. Ebooks don’t require a publisher, thus more freedom to move forward and distribute. (Editing should still be required, but that can be worked out.)
  4. A series of smaller ebooks across multiple authors is a lot easier for each individual than one comprehensive book by one person. (Even the first Textpattern book was written by several authors.)
  5. Readers can buy the ebook they want, for the topic they need or interests them, rather than buying the whole enchilada that may be skipped in large amounts.

There’s even a cool service (can’t remember the source at the moment) that will take short written works and produce slick mini-manual print versions. So even if print was desired over ebooks (or in addition to) by some people, there would be a way to produce print versions without having to deal with a publisher. Revolutions are afoot!

In any case, I intend to write one of these ebooks, and I was thinking of using my Txp Building Blocks articles (quite popular even today) as a basis for the first introductory one. I had a couple of people in mind for others in the series too (editorial connections). If you find you don’t go down the full book road, Pete, by all means consider doing one of the ebooks, because I think they’ll happen regardless.


The text persuades, the *notes prove。

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#9 2012-12-13 09:15:43

Destry
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

Okay, I just saw that other thread where you talk about your digital publishing business and mention doing an ebook. Brilliant minds think alike. :)

So, instead of a single book, why not a series of focused mini-books as I was talking about?


The text persuades, the *notes prove。

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#10 2012-12-13 09:21:57

Destry
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Re: I'm writing a Textpattern book - what should it include?

Btw, a certain smd_ebook plugin is in the works. Maybe that could have a play in things.


The text persuades, the *notes prove。

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