I'm searching for a good Content Management System (CMS), which is appropriate for writing things like an online book.

What I'm trying to achieve? What do I search?

Basically I would like to have a good and small CMS which can be used for writing content like a book. Which means, chapters with sub-chapters. Maybe sometimes with illustrations, maybe some kind of wide-screen photographic.

Each book should consists of an (ideally automatic generated) table of contents with a pagination for the chapters/sub-chapters.

It would be great if there is some kind of contribution possible, which means - people can correct/update typos, etc. But each of these changes should be reviewed by moderators before they will be published.

In addition to this, each book should be exportable to .mobi or .pdf for ebook readers too.

Requirements (list)

  • Ideally OpenSource
  • Ideally for Linux based systems
  • Ideally written in Ruby, Python, PHP or NodeJS
  • Easy to use interface
  • Not to bloated. I don't need a huge backend with API etc. etc. if it fits my current described needs. Every peace of software which is overhead can break or can be a security risk. Just software - no bloat-ware.
  • Basic community features (comments, maybe registration)
  • Workflow for reviews provided by the community (non-administrative/non-moderation users)

I'm sure that I'm not the first person who tries to achieve some kind of online open library at all. But if so, just let me know. Maybe I need to build something on my own. But normally I just don't want to re-invent the wheel over and over again.

  • I'm afraid Wordpress does not fit exactly in your requirements... I would recommend GetSimple CMS or Doku WIKI... good luck Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 8:28

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Personlly, I would use WordPress with an ebook plugin


  • OpenSource
  • Runs on Linux
  • Written in PHP
  • Not bloated (unless you fill it up with plugins)
  • Extremly easy to use interface
  • Has a login and comments system built in
  • Has a moderator section to moderate comments

Then I would buy this plugin (it's $33 and you get lifetime updates)

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Responsive FlipBook WordPress Plugin

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