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Bookie: An ebook publishing toolchain written mostly in Ruby

While I have not looked especially far and wide, I haven't found a book publishing toolchain that I like which both has a nice workflow AND does not rely on a ton of heavyweight dependencies. Since I have a real need for outputting nice documents in PDF, ePUB, and MOBI format, I am going to experiment with building a tool that fits my personal tastes and workflow.


My initial goal is just to mess around with parsing a tiny subset of Markdown into Ruby objects. Once I've got that far, I'll work on a proof of concept PDF outputter, probably using Prawn. If I make it that far without discovering some obviously better tool or deciding that this is going to be a huge time sink, I'll re-visit this document and put together a proper release plan.


Bookie targets Ruby 1.9.2 exclusively, and will not run on Ruby 1.8. PDF generation is provided by Prawn, ePUB from eeepub, and MOBI via the command line tool kindlegen.

Prawn and eeepub are free software projects available via rubygems, kindlegen is free-as-in-beer proprietary software from Amazon that needs to be installed manually.


I'm happy to accept contributions to this project, but probably won't have a formal process for doing so until I've gone beyond the proof of concept phase. Please do catch up with me if you have questions, suggestions, or ideas though. I am @seacreature on Freenode and twitter, and my email address is gregory.t.brown@gmail.com.


Bookie is Free Software, available under the GNU General Public License (v3). Please see the GPLv3 file for details, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions