Monday, July 18, 2016

I'm thinking about writing an ebook

I am thinking about writing several ebooks. The ebooks will span a range of topics from leadership to usability to open source software. Several will be based on my blogs, others will be contributed chapter compilations in collaboration with different authors.

At the moment, I'm thinking the ebooks will be made available for free, also available on the Amazon Kindle bookstore, and probably Apple iTunes Bookstore and Google Play Bookstore. Distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution license, contributors can submit a previous work or write something new. Authors retain the copyright to what they submit, and can re-use their contribution elsewhere.

These are the ebooks I am considering:

Open Source Usability
Open Source Usability
An ebook about how to examine and improve the usability in free and open source software. While many books exist about usability, none specifically focus on free and open source software. Intended for developers, this ebook will discuss what usability is, different ways to examine usability, how to measure usability, and ways to integrate usability test results back into the development stream to improve the next versions of the software. See my blog: Open Source Software & Usability.
Coaching Buttons
Coaching Buttons
An ebook comprised of about fifteen chapters from my Coaching Buttons blog, about Leadership and Vision in Information Technology. Organized into several themes of leadership, this ebook will be interesting to current and aspiring leaders.
Why FreeDOS
Why FreeDOS
An ebook about the FreeDOS Project, how it got here, and who contributes to it. Comprised of about fifteen contributed chapters, organized chronologically by date of first contribution, this ebook will be interesting to open source developers and others who want to get involved in free and open source software.
Focused Leadership
Focused Leadership
An ebook aimed at emerging and rising technology leaders. About fifteen chapters written by contributors at various levels of leadership, from team leads to CIOs and CEOs, in higher ed, government and industry. Chapters will be organized into three sections with about five chapters each to discuss roles that are primarily Lead, Lead+Manage, and Lead+Do.

I'm not sure what the audience would be for these ebooks. What do you think? Would you read these ebooks? Let me know in the comments, or send me an email.

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