Booktrope's goal of getting online books to as many people as possible (for free!) was a project right up our alley, fitting nicely with our open source foundation.

From the beginning, we were challenged to turn the site around as quickly as possible, and then refine after launch. From start to finish, we launched the site in 4 weeks. We created a custom import script to preserve individual book pages for commenting/annotation purposes, while allowing books to be loaded into the site a chapter at a time. We helped the client find the best combination of WYSIWYG editors and import techniques to strip out spurious HTML from Word and WordPerfect. We built a custom theme for the site, and consulted on what social media features were the "low hanging fruit" to implement first.

Working closely with Ken Shear (Booktrope's founder and publisher), we think we've produced a great way to accomplish this and it's truly been a pleasure to facilitate such great ideas. If you haven't already started reading some of the books on the site, check it out for yourself!

  1. I had the privilege of working with John and Freelock in launching a new Little League website. The process was flawless and the end product was magnificent exceeding our expectations. John knows his stuff! He had a wonderful ability to bring the perfect solution to our community based organization. Being volunteer run, we needed some special considerations in the way our website works, John understood this and delivered solutions that were perfect for us. We now have a cool website that also has the ability to grow with us into the future. I highly recommend John Locke and Freelock Computing.

    Brian Boone
    Pacific Little League

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