More and more great tech books are marked-up plain text stored in version control and render-able to ebook/HTML/PDF.
- Pro Git (source)
- The Little MongoDB Book (source)
- Ops School (source)
- The Node Beginner Book (source)
Turns out many ideas in this approach are recycled. Heck, Knuth released TeX in 1978.
One new-ish piece is this GitHub thing. GitHub provides a social coding service based on a popular software development power tool called git. GitHub is spreading like wildfire. Sure there’s lots of code on GitHub, but lots of other stuff too. Bike paths, home-renovation projects, and all German law! Srsly. This is just fun.
Anyone seen any novels on GitHub? Cory Doctorow, are you listening? If anyone turns out a popular novel on GitHub, it’ll be you!