Nov 7 – 9, 2022
Prague, Czech Republic
Europe/Prague timezone

Writing and Publishing Books with Free Software

Nov 9, 2022, 2:30 PM
Ballroom (Hilton Prague)


Hilton Prague

25 Minute Talk Content & Design


Nathan Haines (he/him)
Ubuntu Community Council


The old saying goes that "everyone has a book inside of them", and advances in technology have made publishing more accessible than ever. There have never been more publishing opportunities than in the last 10 years. But writing a book remains a daunting task, and new authors will encounter many steps along the way.

From ebooks to print, is Free and Open Source Software up to the task? What does it take to publish a book in the digital age? Writer, translator, and publisher Nathan Haines discusses working with traditional publishers that use proprietary software and formats, and describes the self-publishing process from start to finish.

Session author bios

Nathan Haines is a writer, translator, and book publisher, with a decade of experience in publishing. He who fell in love with Ubuntu in 2005, and helped found the Ubuntu California Local Community Team to share that excitement with others. As the leader of the California team and a member of the Ubuntu Community Council, he works to help others support and share Ubuntu worldwide.

Nathan Haines writes sci-fi and fantasy stories, and translated the beloved tie-in novels from Egosoft’s X-Universe into English. His mission to educate and excite people about Free Software and Ubuntu continues with his book, Beginning Ubuntu for Windows and Mac Users, 3rd Edition.

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