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Booktype 2.4 for Authors and Publishers

Before You Install

For most authors it will not be necessary to have their own Booktype server, and there's every reason for them not to. Setting up their own Booktype server and backing up the data on a regular basis is a task that may distract authors from writing. If authors are going to share their work with the world, there may be good reasons to share a Booktype server as well - including the ability to take advantage of Booktype's collaborative features. Managed hosting is available from Booktype Pro, with support for creating both public and private books.

If you have your own technical support available, or do not wish to collaborate on the writing task with authors outside your organization, then having your own Booktype server might make sense. Also, if you don't have unrestricted access to the Internet, having your own Booktype server is a practical alternative to cloud-based services. For example, a school with laptops that can connect to each other on a network but not to the Internet may find a local Booktype server valuable. A university or other organisation with a policy of keeping unpublished book data in-house might choose to host its own Booktype instance inside the firewall.

The following chapters deal with installation on both GNU/Linux and Apple OS X servers. Debian or Ubuntu GNU/Linux are the recommended server platforms. For writing and editing books, authors can use any computer or mobile device with a modern web browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. The browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari are not currently recommended. Bug reports from users of the Microsoft Edge browser are welcome.

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