# [OS X TeX] Can I do my next book in TeX?

Tue Apr 29 02:44:54 CEST 2014

The problem is, while the ePub 3 spec includes MathML support, almost none
of the available ePub viewing programs support it.

This should get on started: http://dlmf.nist.gov/LaTeXML/

Then one can either tell people to use ePub3 viewers which support MathML,
or convert the equations into SVG graphics, or a pixel format.

On Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 4:53 PM, David Derbes <loki at uchicago.edu> wrote:

>
> On Apr 28, 2014, at 3:33 PM, Alan Litchfield wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Just had a quick look through the free version. Congratulations on the
> book. I will see about getting the paper version.
>
> I would have thought that book were achievable in LaTeX/TeX/XeTeX but in
> any case, I would probably have done it in FrameMaker.
>
> So far as outputting to EPUB, there was some discussion on this on this
> list and texhax some time ago. Unless there has been some development work,
> I believe the consensus was that such a workflow does not exist. Elements
> may be cobbled to make a workflow.
>
>
> I was part of that earlier discussion.
>
> Long story, but: a friend and I retyped (in LaTeX) an old book to be
> reissued, Lillian R. Lieber's *The Einstein Theory of Relativity*. It
> sold reasonably well. The republisher, Paul Dry Books of Philadelphia,
> wanted to do an electronic version. They found a firm (or a person) who
> would do it but for quite a large sum of money. I thought it could be done
> in house, and asked in this forum. At the time, and I fear to this day,
> there is no good way to get LaTeX into epub. (I don't know if Paul Dry ever
> did the electronic version.) It's a little bit surprising given that we
> have MathJax (because, if I am not entirely delusional, the conversion of
> html into epub is pretty good via Calibre or other tools.)
>
> I don't know if anyone has the time and the expertise and the generosity
> to put together a tool that would pump out epub from a LaTeX source, but
> it's gotta be possible.
>
> Is there some way to get something like this done as crowd code / open
> source?
>
> David Derbes, physics teacher
> U of Chicago Lab School
>
>
>
> I have experimented with a number of files with and without graphics,
> tables, etc. I found that Calibre produced passable results but nothing was
> as good as pdf. Simple text files are fine.
>
> Interesting discussion here on Stack-exchange.
> http://tex.stackexchange.com/questions/1551/use-latex-to-produce-epub
>
> Regards
> Alan
>
>
> On 29/04/14 8:03 AM, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>
> Hello folks,
>
>
> I just published Mastering ArchiMate - Edition II (See
> http://bit.ly/1iNacG8) and (as you might have recalled when I discussed
> this on TeX mailing lists 1.5 years ago) I was unable to do this
> layout-heavy book in TeX, so I did it in InDesign CS6.
>
>
> I am planning another book which is more text-oriented. Actually. I
> already have written larger parts of it using ConTeXt. Now I have to decide
> what to use for final production. I would like to finish this in ConTeXt
> but I would also like to possibly output EPUB. I preferably do not want to
> use InDesign anymore.
>
>
> Have work flows been devised to combine PDF production for print and EPUB
> from a TeX-based source?
>
>
> Yours,
>
>
> G
>
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