Last week I participated in a workshop on Booktype at the Sandberg Institute. Booktype is an open source 'self-publishing' platform. Here's an introduction to Booktype and a short report on what we tried to achieve and got done. Watching the video you'll get a good idea of what Booktype is and what they're up to:
You should check out the website for more information, but in short Booktype is a CMS for books or other types of publications. It allows multiple users to work together on the same publication, and publish it in all kinds of different formats: Just a PDF, a complete website or a wide range of different e-book types and formats (iPad, iPhone, Kindle, etc.). A cool thing is that it's open source software that you can just download an install on a webserver. And if you're nerd enough: change it and improve it.
Above this post you find some pages from a preview PDF generated in the workshop. I'll try to update this post later with the final result (the (e)book). The workshop was lead by Adam Hyde from Booktype (form Nieuw-Zeeland, currently based in Berlin) and Hannes Bernard from Sandberg Institute (from South-Africa, currently based in Amsterdam).