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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wiley's Wrox Press uses wiki for new series of free online books

Ashley Jones, Publishing in Real Time: Wrox Stays Current with Near-Time, EContent, November 13, 2007.  Excerpt:

A recent partnership launched between Near-Time, Inc. and Wiley Wrox Press has opened the door to interaction among P2P digital publishing communities. Announced on October 30, this joint venture enables Wrox Press --a traditionally fee-based information service-- to, for the first time, provide free online access to book content by implementing the ASP3wiki, powered by Near-Time....

Wrox Press, established in 1992 as a division of John Wiley & Sons, Inc., is a digital publishing company that specializes in books written by computer programmers, specifically for computer programmers.

Wrox Press, like many other digital companies, recognized that there are two main platforms driving the Web 2.0 movement: blogs and wikis. Through the company's new ASP3wiki, publishers can now discuss Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 in a forum, thus opening up communication and engaging community members. "This is an important relationship and initiative for Wrox because it's our first venture into the world of wikis," says Joe Wikert, VP and executive publisher of Wrox. "Wrox has been firmly built upon community principles, hence our commitment to the extremely popular p2p forum on We believe wikis represent an interesting way for us to encourage and enable even more community participation with our content." ...