About Packt Open Source

by Douglas Paterson | Apr 2010 | Brand Launch | Editorial | Open Source

As you will have seen in previous posts here, we’re creating a Packt Open Source brand. I’m the Publisher for our Open Source books, and this is a great chance for me to tell you all about it.

We’re creating an Open Source brand to expand our range of practical and clear books on Open Source applications and libraries, to make Open Source technologies accessible and easier to use for more and more people. Most Open Source technologies grow by the day – you visit a technology’s website one day and already some great new feature has been added since the previous day! The pace of development of individual Open Source projects and the rate of appearance of new projects means a wave of users with different information needs that the projects cannot necessarily keep up with. This is where Packt comes in.

Packt has long been associated with Open Source. Our earliest titles were on Open Source technologies, and from the first copy of our first book we have been supporting the Open Source community through our Open Source Royalty Scheme. So far, we have been only scratching the surface.

By creating a new Open Source brand we will be able to dig deeper, to explore new Open Source projects that we have been unable to reach before. Our team of dedicated Open Source Acquisition Editors now look exclusively at Open Source projects, learning more about them, and getting to know our existing customers of Open Source books better so that we can not only publish great books on topics and projects we’ve not published on before, but also give our existing customers more information about the topics they’re looking for.

All Packt books share the same core values – practical, distilled content based on user experience, a clear goal and purpose, and a carefully defined target audience, and our Open Source books will continue this. Open Source projects change regularly with their accelerated release cycles, and we will be updating our books regularly to keep this in check.

Through all of this, we will continue to support Open Source projects through our Open Source Project Royalty Scheme, which means that some of the revenue from each sale of a book on an Open Source project will go to the project itself. More about that here.

In the course of publishing over 250 books on Open Source technologies we’ve met a lot of people, and made a lot of new friends. I expect us to make many more friends in the time ahead.

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