NextGen Books

We provide book production, publishing, and book sprint services – catering for books, open textbooks, and living books. Our open source software pipelines cover print-on-demand to computational publishing.

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NextGen Books

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  • NextGen Books is a book production and book sprint service. The service provides consultation and implementation in the areas of editorial preparation and for publishing production.

    Production and publishing services can be provided as consultation and advice, for single titles or series, or for the provision of client publishing infrastructure.

    Whether a book production is an open access monograph looking for good practice digital practice, a co-creation driven open textbooks, or a data science based publication – NextGen Books has open source solutions.

    For agile book projects we provide a complete end-to-end service package, including: organising and running effective book sprints, managing the lifecycle of living books, to the integration of open textbooks in digital teaching and learning scenarios.

    We bring together best-of-class open source platforms and expertise to enable efficient productions and maximise impact with high quality metadata and interoperable formats.

    • Multi-format publishing – produce your book as multi-format: print-on-demand, PDF, eBook, web, etc., and interoperable formats for efficient reuse.

    • Book sprints and co-creation – we have platforms and processes covered for collaborative working – platforms such as online real-time editors to Git, or processes designing custom workflows for book sprints or the use of open peer review for sprints.

    • Data science publications – we use computational publishing platforms such as Jupyter Books to bring together data visualisations, interaction, and linked open data into publication packages.

    Good practice digital publishing is at the core of NextGen’s services. The benefits here mean visibility, impact, and high quality compliance for publications – such as Open Access good practice, FAIR ranking, and accessibility (ableism) W3C compliance. Here is our sample checklist list of ‘digital good practice’:

    1. Identifiers: PIDs: Publication level;  Digital object in a publication; Other entities

    2. Access: Open access (OA): Publication level; OA: Linked Research Data; OA: Metadata; Institutional deposit; machine readable PDF metadata; Accessibility (Ableism)

    3. Open Science: Software citation; Expanded roles and attribution

    4. Portability: Machine readable; Interoperable formats; Open standards; Linked open data (LOD);

    5. Cataloguing: Readme; Landing page; Significant properties

    Example publications:

    Project site:

    Platforms, services  and standards used: Fidus Writer; Vivliostyle; Jupyter ooks; Book GitLab; Wikibase; Thoth; RADAR4Culture; Open Book Collective; DOAB; Datacite; Zenodo, and; Wikibase4Research and; Publication Manifest W3C.


Contact Person:
Simon Worthington

Contact Person:
Lambert Heller

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