By the end of 2007, Packt will have published over 100 books on a number of different subjects. They are perhaps better known for their books on content management systems, however their range covers AJAX and Asterisk to WordPress and jQuery. Packt has developed distinctive branding for its book covers, using a variety of interesting, colorful and sometimes abstract photographic images. These were originally designed by British graphic designer Helen Wood.
The company supports and promotes Open Source projects and concepts. When a book, written on an Open Source project, is sold Packt pays a royalty directly to that project. This scheme has resulted in the company providing sustainable revenues to many of the Open Source projects since 2004.
Packt announced in March 2008 that its contributions to Open Source projects have now surpassed US $100,000.
In July 2006, the Open Source Content Management (CMS) Award was launched. The Award scheme is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward Open Source Content Management Systems that have been selected by a panel of judges and visitors to the website.
Packt ran the Open Source CMS Award again in 2007, this time expanding the categories and prize money to a total of $20,000. The overall Award was won this time by Drupal who received a prize of $5,000, with last year's winner Joomla! finishing second and collecting $3,000. CMS Made Simple, a newcomer to the finals, finished in third and received $2,000. Despite finishing second to Drupal in the overall Award, Joomla! finished first in the Best Open Source PHP Category, which had a different panel of judges evaluating the finalists.
The full list of winners for the 2007 Open Source CMS Award are as follows: