I have written a (so far unpublished) book called 'Understanding Complex Information Technology Solutions: A Case Study on Moodle'. My target readership are people who are familiar with using today's technologies (web-based systems, mobile devices), but do not know how these technologies work (this could be first year information technology students or teachers/administrators working with Moodle, or anyone interested).
I take Moodle as example to talk through the technical details (starting from what is a web-based system down to database design, PHP coding and HTTP protocols). I also cover people and institutional aspects. The idea is to use a concrete system (with all its complexities) to make complex technologies and their interactions accessible. The book does not explain how to use Moodle or how to teach using Moodle, but it explores Moodle from a technology perspective.
At this stage I am planing to publish on Kindle Direct Publishing - before I do so, I would very much appreciate feedback from members of the Moodle community. I have attached a TOC to give you a better idea about the book content. I am happy to provide more details in this forum. Should you be willing to review the book (or sections), please give me your email address to I can send the manuscript to you (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I have experience of reviewing books and papers so would be happy to help you with this. Three things in the first instance:
1. Is there a reviewer proforma from publisher? (Haven't reviewed for Kindle editions before-so not sure of protocol)
2. What is the timeframe?
3. To confirm, your audience is Higher Ed?
Thanks for your offer, that would be great.
With KDP I am the publisher. There is no review form and no external deadline. I can publish (and correct and re-publish) within 12 hours. Depending on what feedback I get and when, I might look at publishing a first version either before Christmas or in January.
I will be using the book (mainly Part 2) as recommended reading for a first year IT course next year at university. The book is not written as a textbook, but as a book one could read in self study. Besides students at early tertiary (or upper secondary) levels I was thinking of individuals involved with Moodle from a teaching/support perspective. These people would largely have a tertiary level education.
understand. Email address on its way.