Do you know a publishing company for a Joomla book?

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Do you know a publishing company for a Joomla book?

Postby ItDoor » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:29 pm

Hi,

It should be a publishing company where the place of jurisdiction is in Europe. However the publishing company can as well publish in the USA, where the market share for Joomla is larger.

I can offer more than 620 page (measured in MS Word) with more than 800 screenshots. Text is in German, screenshot are in English. See
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Sorry for my English.

Kind regards

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Re: Do you know a publishing company for a Joomla book?

Postby Gany » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:15 am

Are you sure?

Joomla is moving towards version 4 relatively soon. It is in alpha at the moment.
If you publish a book based on Joomla 3.8.x the book will have a very short life span. Very likely a publisher doesn't want to invest his time and effort in a book that is obsolete after/during the first edition.
If you base your book on Joomla 4 alpha you run a very serious risk of explaining subjects that are no longer part of Joomla in the final dev version. Or omit new stuff that goes into further dev versions before the official release.

I've seen it happen with Joomla 1.6, A User's Guide. The first edition, for J1.5 was good. The writer based his second edition on Joomla 1.6 alpha and got his head handed on a plate.

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Re: Do you know a publishing company for a Joomla book?

Postby ItDoor » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:33 am

Hi Gany,

all what you have written is true.

But let us have a look to the time span.

What happens when?

Version will be launched at ??
https://developer.joomla.org/roadmap.html


How long Joomla 3.9 will be supported? Two years?

After the launch of Joomla 4 - when are all Extension are updated to Joomla 4?

When childhood diseases are removed?

Why users shall Switch to Joomla 4 if they have a good running Joomla Website?

Of course Joomla 4 has some (new) advantages like every new Version. But will be the specific Joomla Website concerned by these advantages?


The most conveniant way can be to change nothing for the first time.

Saving time, energy, costs(?) (and nerves)

Of course finally almost all users will switch to Joomla 4.

But in which year are we then? Year 2020? Honestly I do not know it.

This would mean that a Joomla 4 Book is suitable for the year 2020?

Because there is no longer Support for previous versions and because the most users will switch in year 2020?

Sorry für my English and for my critical questions.

ItDoor

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Re: Do you know a publishing company for a Joomla book?

Postby brian » Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:06 pm

to answer your original question
try packtpub
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Re: Do you know a publishing company for a Joomla book?

Postby sozzled » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:17 pm

I'm really not sure if I should involve myself in this discussion—I'm not an author of books—but, as a consumer of books I have a couple of comments.

From the author's perspective, their purpose is to write something that sells; from the publisher's perspective, they want to make a profit. The world of technical writing has changed significantly in the past few years: you can't walk into a bookstore and browse books before deciding to buy them and, even where you can, most of the books you'll see on the shelves are dated. Most technical books these days (and the same can probably be said about most books) are purchased online. Online bookstores aren't about offering new stocks of books; they're all about shifting old stock in quantity. The bookstores drive the publishers but, as long as the publishers are making a profit, no-one is driving authors.

I've purchased several books on Joomla. Some of them were the "only ones" available at the time (and they are still regarded as "classics") and later books on Joomla have surfaced but have never enjoyed a lot of popularity. While the whole purpose of Joomla has not changed—to create custom websites efficiently and effectively—the methods used to deliver the outcome have changed somewhat since the first books on the subject were written. As useful as primer books on any subject may be, their usefulness diminishes over time as readers become practitioners of their craft.

I won't say that I will never purchase another book on Joomla ever again but I don't get as much value from technical books as I used to. I've been using Joomla for 10 years or so (and I've been building websites for the past 30 or more years) and there's not a lot that I'm able to learn from these books that I can't obtain by researching the internet, by using this forum, or by sheer hard work.

So, the second leg of the reasons for publishing books on Joomla rests on "Who's going to read them?"

As I wrote, Joomla's main purpose is to create custom websites efficiently and effectively; nothing has changed there. This begs the question, however: "Who wants to create websites (efficiently and effectively) and do they want to do these things themselves?" Answer that question and you have a reason for writing a book.

I suppose that it's a sign of the times that "everyone" wants a website; they want a website to promote themselves or their business. If they aren't interested in, or prepared to invest time and money into, building a custom website then any old thing will do: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, etc. all do a fair job of putting people's messages "out there". (There are probably books written about these things, too!)

You probably wouldn't find people, whose total understanding of the internet is "I can Tweet", reading or even purchasing books on Joomla! And, for people who spend large parts of their lives trying to make a living by using Joomla, such people wouldn't be suggesting their customers should go out and buy a book on Joomla! No, Joomla books are mostly bought and read (for a period of time) by website developers, practitioners of webcraft.

This now brings us to the final point I would like to make about this topic: the choice of language in publishing technical reference material. Years ago (the first half of the twentieth century) a lot of technical material was published in English and in German; German was the lingua franca of the scientific community during the twentieth century in much the same way as Latin was the language used among scientists in the preceeding 1900 years before that. I think you'll find that, today, that's all changed: technical books are published (and are expected to be published) mainly in English.

There's nothing inherently wrong with writing a book in German; it's unlikely to receive as large a reception as it would if it had been written in English.
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Re: Do you know a publishing company for a Joomla book?

Postby mabdelaziz » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:30 am

I agree with brian, packtpub can do it.
I have technically reviewed 2 Joomla books for them before.
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