[OS X TeX] Why does this hang so = [OT] electronic books

Rolf Schmolling rolf.schmolling at alumni.TU-Berlin.de
Wed Oct 28 10:14:15 CET 2009


at least for the FIRST book (dissertation) most universities in  
Germany offer to publish and host it electronically, some even support  
LaTeX… though – in humanities afaik MSWord is still the standard to  
get either a html- or pdf-version for such publication service.  
Recommended for wider reach to a scientific audience is to offer it  
electronically AND in printed form (on demand). In my field (history)  
the printed book still rules.


Am 27.10.2009 um 23:46 schrieb Herbert Schulz:

> On Oct 27, 2009, at 5:16 PM, Victor Ivrii wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 4:46 PM, Jason Davies <ophiochos at gmail.com>  
>> wrote:
>>> the vast majority of the cost of a book is the preparation.
>> I am really surprised. My experience is that all typesetting is done
>> by the author. It may be another story with textbooks but for  
>> research
>> monographs!
>> The same story with journals. Reviewers AFAIK are free
> Howdy,
> I guess I interpret the statement as referring to the writing of the  
> book rather than the typesetting.
> When I was going to graduate school (quite a bit before TeX was  
> around) I understood that books that contained maths were expensive  
> because they required specially trained typesetting talent. Now that  
> there is software that allows for the author typesetting the maths  
> with no special typesetting talent necessary I no longer understand  
> why books are so expensive.
> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
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