Related link: http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,64563,00.html
Leander Kahney of Wired News reports that Adam Engst (the TidBits guy that Mac users probably already know about) calls his new straight-to-PDF, free updates publishing of technology books “extreme publishing”. (Adam is going to talk about this at the Mac OS X Conference in October.)
That’s what I was calling it two and a half years ago when I started The Perl Review. Indeed, google “extreme publishing” and my February 2002 article is the first result.
Instead of starting with a print magazine, we just made a PDF. There were no locks or passwords or access control, and people could pass the files around as they liked. We updated the PDFs when we spotted errors or had new information that affected the articles. After a while we asked for $2 donations if readers liked what they got.
It worked to the point that people wanted it on paper too. :)