The differences between regular books and Wikibooks: Length There is no predefined minimum or maximum length. What is most important is that the book contains the necessary information. Versions Wikibooks do not generally have fixed versions as they are constantly evolving. However, the books can have PDF versions that remain relatively unchanged. Style Many Wikibooks tend to be similar to...
The differences between regular books and Wikibooks:
There is no predefined minimum or maximum length. What is most important is that the book contains the necessary information.
Wikibooks do not generally have fixed versions as they are constantly evolving. However, the books can have PDF versions that remain relatively unchanged.
Many Wikibooks tend to be similar to traditional books in their editorial style, but they do not need to be.
How Much Work Does It Require?
Writing a book does not need to be a tedious task. Advertising can help attract other contributors, who can share the weight of creating a new book. You can advertise at Wikibooks (such as in the Reading Room). Wikipedians are given the freedom to write portions at a time and get help from other authors and editors. Although, before beginning a new book, consider whether you have enough time.
Creating a New Book
Anyone can create a new book. Users need to be able to commit to developing the book. Users can refer to the policies and guidelines about what kinds of books can and cannot be written, before creating one (Wikibooks:What is Wikibooks).
Creating a new book:
A good book needs to possess several qualities:
A book needs a plan, direction and purpose. Books need to be helpful and informative. The material should be presented in a comprehensible order.
The book should be well structured and easy to navigate. New contributors should know exactly what information should go where. A book should be focused and to the point. Readers should immediately know what your book is about.
Every book needs to have a broad enough scope to cover the topic in full. A good rule of thumb is to break up material into logical subtopics, and have every book cover an entire subtopic.
Is The Book Needed?
Before creating a new book consider whether the book is suitable for Wikibooks:
Answering ‘yes’ to all theses questions means you are on your way to starting your project.
Writing a textbook means that your target audience will most likely be school students. There are many ways to create a new book for a subject. Either you can make a book tailored specifically towards a single target audience, or you can make a single book that will consider the topic from multiple angles.
Picking a Title
A good title will make a book easy to find and easy to remember. Here are some suggested guidelines that you may follow:
How to Start a New Book
Creating a new page is a prerequisite to creating a new book. Go to Help:Pages#Creating and create a new page.
Use the search box on the top right side of the screen to find the title of the book. If a book with that name already exists, you can pick a new title for your book or contribute to the existing book.
It is suggested that Book names use title case. This is where the first letters of the important words are capitalized. Here are some examples:
The first letter of the book title is always capitalised by the software.
The Landing Page
The first page that a new reader sees, is the landing page. It is also where cleanup and organizational templates for your book are placed.
Landing pages are generally thought of in two ways:
Option #2 tends to be the more popular one.
The Table of Contents
The table of contents is important for a number of reasons:
The table of contents lists all the pages in the book, and suggests in what sequence it should be read.
The table of contents is an organizational outline of where material should be placed and in what order. When the book is created the table of contents acts like a type of ‘to do list’ showing which pages have not yet been written.
Find an Example
Using the format and organizational outline of established books provides a good basis for first time creators. However, creators very often succeed by constructing their own framework.
Anticipate what readers will be searching for. Consider this when choosing a book title. You want a title that can be easily found. Although, book titles could have many aliases, if they are not being used make them redirect to your page.
Donating an Existing Book
There are often authors that want to donate books that are already written. If you are willing to release your book under the terms of the GFDL license, and if your book meets Wikibooks’ inclusion criteria, then you might be able to donate the book. To learn more about the donation process visit WB:DONATE.