Learning to wiki – and one complaint

It’s here! The eprdctn wiki, a place online where we can share eBook production tips and hacks. This just might help level the playing field in an industry where accurate specs are hard to get.

Big thanks to Toby Stevenson of eBook Architects who worked with the kind folks at mobileread.com to create the wiki. Check in with the eBook Ninjas podcast (always a worthwhile listen), #48 is “wikilicious.”

The wiki is only as good as the information shared. So I figured I’d do my part. But first I had to learn to wiki. I am happy to report it is easier than writing CSS for mysteriously inconsistent reading platforms.

My first attempt was to add a link to delicious.com, people have been saving #eprdctn links there for a couple of years. It seemed the best place to put this was in some sort of general information article, and that is under “The famous #ePrdctn Twitter Group.” (Are we famous? Wouldn’t infamous be more fun??? I’m just sayin’) It took me a couple of tries to get the link the way I wanted it:
[http://www.delicious.com/ delicious.com]
gave me a link with “delicious.com” for the text. I hope Dale DePriest, who started the article, didn’t get an email update every time I tested the link.

Next I figured I’d contribute to the Holy Grail, a table listing CSS support by device started by Robert Nagle and Nick Ruffilo. http://wiki.mobileread.com/wiki/Device_Compatibility It’s simply an html table! I needed to add comments to be sure I was putting the right symbols in the right columns.

My one complaint is that I need a differnet password for the eprdctn wiki. I can’t use my existing Mobileread password and account, or link my eprdctn wiki activity with forum posts. (except an url, of course)

You can add your own article if you have information about new topic. Its surprisingly easy to contribute, and every little bit helps build our knowledge base.
So what do you know?

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Sticky Wiki: What’s the Best Way to Share eBook Production Information?

Sharing is caring. 

If you haven’t already, sign in to Twitter and follow the #eprdctn tag. There are some talented and generous professionals who help each other out with eBook production. We’ve been at it for more than a year now. (Begun by @crych, we are in your debt.) There’s an hour of presentations and chat every Wednesday at 11am New York Time, you can check the schedule here.

The problem is, tweets are ephemeral. There are some ways of capturing particular hashtags from a particular time span, or from a particular person, but if you’re trying to remember that text-indenting hack you read a few months back, well, you’re likely out of luck.

There’s some links on delicious.com, tag #eprdctn. We’ve tried a wiki, personally hosted by a frequent contributor to #eprdctn. However, we are competitors also, so neutral territory is preferred. The the group parameters are:

  • neutrality, no one contributor should profit in money or reputation from the work of the group as a whole
  • free, as in no fee, access to the information
  • easy to use and maintain, because we’re all busy making a living

One sensible suggestion is to join up with MobileRead, through our own URL. (generously and anonymously donated). It sure beats reinventing the wheel.  What do you think? And why not try it?