The Art of Community – new O’Reilly book for free download

O’Reilly are more than just a book publisher and events organiser. For one, they’re among our main influences.

They’ve opted to release their new book The Art of Community, by Jono Bacon, in paper-based version, electronic book reader versions and a free PDF of the whole thing.

In the words of the author it’s intended to be a “solid guide to building, energizing and enabling pro-active, productive and enjoyable communities”, which is right up our street of course.

The contents are released under a Creative Commons licence (Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike in this case). It’ll be interesting to see how people adapt it and how that boosts attention for O’Reilly and the author.

(Thanks to @zambonini for the tip.)


  1. Jono is one of the co-hosts of the FLOSS podcast,, and the book (which has been out a while) gets mentioned there quite often.

    The podcast is all about open source, and if you like the book check that out too.