Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

The Packt Blog Has Moved

April 23, 2010

We have been working on integrating this blog more closely with our website,, and now have a blog set up there, complete with links to the rest of the site. Visit it at

As such, we will slowly be shutting down this blog, though it has served us well. As of now, we are closing off the ability to write comments on here, and all new posts will be going up at We’ll see you there!


How the brand launch can focus Packt Enterprise

April 19, 2010

You have seen from James’s post below the benefits of launching the Enterprise brand from a publisher’s point of view. It will allow us to specialize more greatly on certain enterprise technologies, to dig more deeply into their makeup, and to write more relevant books. Yet it may still look like there is something missing here. Julian has shown us what Packt Open Source will be doing with the community, broadening the Open Source Royalty Scheme and continuing the CMS Award. What can Packt Enterprise do along similar lines?

The brand launch will free up Packt in this regard. Specialization in Enterprise and Open Source areas will give Packt relevance directly to these communities, not only in terms of its publications, but also in terms of its marketing. Packt Enterprise will be able to exist as a fully Enterprise focussed brand in Enterprise communities, and Packt Open Source will be able to do likewise for its communities.

We will be looking to get more involved with enterprise communities, both on the web and in person, than ever before, and are due to attend Microsoft Tech Ed and Oracle Open World this year. We will be looking to build on our work with user groups, and to create highly specific enterprise articles and content. As a start to this drive into the enterprise community, we would love to hear your thoughts on any of this information, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’re part of a user group.

This post was written by Mark Nichols, Packt Enterprise marketing executive. For more information on Mark, and all other post authors, look here.

Will Packt’s Open Source Projects be Affected?

April 13, 2010

I’m sure the question which many of you are asking is ‘what about the Open Source Projects?’ That’s an excellent question. As many of you may know, since Packt formed in 2004, we have ensured that we give back to the Open Source projects. For each book sold that is written on an Open Source project, we pay a royalty directly to that project.

This will not change. We will continue to support Open Source projects with royalties from the books we publish and, to add to this, we are offering further options including book donations, documentation rewrites, and event sponsorships.

Another mainstay going forward is the Packt Open Source CMS Award which was launched in July 2006. The Award is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward Open Source Content Management Systems that have been selected by a panel of judges and visitors to the website. There are big plans in place for the 2010 Award that will advance the scheme to reflect Packt’s dedication to supporting, recognizing and rewarding Open Source projects.

Packt will remain dedicated to the Open Source community as a whole, and will continue to work towards the growth of Open Source.
We would be interested in receiving your thoughts or feelings on this.

This post was written by Julian Copes, Packt’s public relations executive. For more information on Julian, and all other post authors, look here.

About Packt Open Source

April 13, 2010

As you will have seen in previous posts here, we’re creating a Packt Open Source brand. I’m the Publisher for our Open Source books, and this is a great chance for me to tell you all about it.

We’re creating an Open Source brand to expand our range of practical and clear books on Open Source applications and libraries, to make Open Source technologies accessible and easier to use for more and more people. Most Open Source technologies grow by the day – you visit a technology’s website one day and already some great new feature has been added since the previous day! The pace of development of individual Open Source projects and the rate of appearance of new projects means a wave of users with different information needs that the projects cannot necessarily keep up with. This is where Packt comes in.

Packt has long been associated with Open Source. Our earliest titles were on Open Source technologies, and from the first copy of our first book we have been supporting the Open Source community through our Open Source Royalty Scheme. So far, we have been only scratching the surface.

By creating a new Open Source brand we will be able to dig deeper, to explore new Open Source projects that we have been unable to reach before. Our team of dedicated Open Source Acquisition Editors now look exclusively at Open Source projects, learning more about them, and getting to know our existing customers of Open Source books better so that we can not only publish great books on topics and projects we’ve not published on before, but also give our existing customers more information about the topics they’re looking for.

All Packt books share the same core values – practical, distilled content based on user experience, a clear goal and purpose, and a carefully defined target audience, and our Open Source books will continue this. Open Source projects change regularly with their accelerated release cycles, and we will be updating our books regularly to keep this in check.

Through all of this, we will continue to support Open Source projects through our Open Source Project Royalty Scheme, which means that some of the revenue from each sale of a book on an Open Source project will go to the project itself. More about that here.

In the course of publishing over 250 books on Open Source technologies we’ve met a lot of people, and made a lot of new friends. I expect us to make many more friends in the time ahead.

This post was written by Douglas Paterson, Packt Open Source publisher. For more information on Douglas, and all other post authors, look here.