Building an eBook using GitHub03 Jun 2013
At Connexions we build free textbooks. To do it we have roughly 4 services:
- Published Repository (Published Books)
- Authoring Repository (Drafts)
- Generate exports (EPUB, PDF)
As someone who uses GitHub and Travis daily, I wondered how much of this GitHub (and Travis) can do for us. It turns out, quite a bit. If each book is a repository whose contents is an Unzipped EPUB then amazing things are possible.
Book Publishing = GitHub Repo + GitHub Pages + “Download as Zip” + Service Hooks
masterbranch is the published version of the book
- tags are various editions of a book
gh-pagesbranch can be used as a book reader (Website)
- “Download as Zip” is the EPUB version of the book
- The editor can “save” via the GitHub API
- Travis-CI can be used to generate a PDF (and “push” to AWS or some other place)
So, I took our editor and made it save EPUB files to GitHub and viola, a book editor using GitHub!