Book Sprint: A New Model for Rapid Book Authoring and Content Development

By Marco Zennaro, E Canessa, Carlo Fonda, Martin Belcher and Rob Flickenger.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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We discuss our experiences and successes with the "book sprint" methodology for use in rapid authoring and content development for books using a distributed team and appropriate collaborative technologies.

Keywords: Writing, Publishing, Licensing, Book Sprint, Collaboration

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.105-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.114MB).

Marco Zennaro

Marco Zennaro received his Engineering degree (Laurea) in Electronic Engineering from Universita' di Trieste, Italy. He worked in the field of Digital Design at the Design Center of Infineon Technologies in Villach, Austria and at the Microelectronic Systems Lab at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland as Research Assistant. He currently works at the ICTP in projects involving networking and wireless communications for scientific institutions in developing countries. His research interests are ICT4D and wireless sensor networks. He is co-author of the Wireless Networking in Developing Countries ( book.

Dr E Canessa

Enrique Canessa is a PhD Physicist working at the ICTP in Trieste, Italy. His areas of interest are scientific software applications, ICT training, and dissemination of science to/from and within developing countries using open source technologies.

Carlo Fonda

Carlo Fonda is a Scientific Consultant at the ICTP. He is involved in training and projects on computer networking using wireless techniques, open source and standards within the Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory. His interests include, among others, radio propagation issues and the relationship between social and economic development and telecommunications. Since 1995, he has been involved in the implementation of the first Wireless LAN in an African University.

Martin Belcher

Martin Belcher is responsible for the design, management and implementation of INASP’s training and capacity development activities in the areas of ICT and information use and management. In 2005 this involved INASP facilitating, sometimes directly but mainly through the use of local partners, over 40 skills development events to over 800 participants from 300+ institutions in Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Prior to working for INASP, Martin has a background in Web based systems development, GIS and archaeological research with the University of Bristol, UK.

Rob Flickenger

Rob Flickenger has been writing professionally since 2002. He has written and edited several books, including Building Wireless Community Networks and Wireless Hacks, published by O'Reilly Media. He co-founded Metrix Communication LLC (, a wireless hardware company dedicated to open source software, open standards, and ubiquitous wireless networking. Prior to becoming an active member of SeattleWireless (, he was a founding father of the NoCat project ( Rob's ultimate goal is the realization of Infinite Bandwidth Everywhere for Free. He publishes some of his adventures along the path toward realizing this goal at


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