next-book

book publishing on the web

Concept

In short: Every book is a standalone website, utilizing the core ideas of the web technology for good reading experience.

This is accomplished by several parts of next-book:

  • Generator that produces the book (adds some info to HTML and puts everything in its place).
  • Web app that is embedded in the book and enhances the reading experience.
  • Cloud apps that allow personal sync and community experiences (being designed and will be out soon — Q1 2020).

Background

When people ask “Don't you miss something when reading a book in digital?” our answer is “Yes!”

We don't miss that scent and texture though. That’s what paper books are for.

Paper books are still better in many ways than currently published ebooks. Computers and networks are still no challenge for the printing press.

Next-book is a vision of tools, formats and affordances for reading, sharing and writing books. It’s a way of thinking about books on the web.

Next-book does not assume any reading device, publishing process or business model. It assumes only the use of a modern web browser and tries to think about the book experience first, technology second and everything else only after that.

After 30 years of the World Wide Web we might be ready to make it good for serious reading.

Lost in remediation

Leaving a digital book open on the kitchen table.

Distinctive typography embracing book’s form.

Borrowing a digital book with some curious marginalia.

Meaningful organization of a personal library.

Reading on many devices we own.

Scanning friend’s library when visiting them.

Owning books.

Parsing and analyzing books.

Social reading.

The ideals of early open web.

Source viewing.

The power of modern browsers.

Reading extensions that help with a specific kind of text.

The future that did not arrive yet.