[OS X TeX] Writing a book

Scot Mcphee scot.mcphee at gmail.com
Thu Jan 30 22:40:42 CET 2014

If the publisher is inflexible about accepting LaTeX you should be able to use a tool called ‘pandoc’ to convert the LaTeX input into something more amenable to the publisher. Although you’ll probably have to do some manual adjustment to the result to fix things that may not translate fully (depends on the target format).

pandoc - http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc/


From: Gary L. Gray Gary L. Gray
Reply: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu
Date: 31 January 2014 at 03:14:45  
To: TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu
Subject:  Re: [OS X TeX] Writing a book  
> ---------- Original Message ----------  
> From: "M. Tamer Özsu" <ozsut at mac.com>  
> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] Writing a book  
> Date: January 30, 2014 at 10:11:42 AM EST  
> To: TeX List <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu>  
> LaTeX is very flexible and it is possible to do all of what your friend wants in LaTeX. There are many sources but one that is commonly recommended is  
> Guide to LaTeX by Kopka and Daly  
> Incidentally, you can see some book styles at http://www.latextemplates.com/cat/books. I am sure others can point to other examples and online sources.  
> One particular limiting issue that you need to consider seems to be that your publisher does not work with LaTeX, and this may restrict your options irrespective of what you can do within LaTeX.  

Good advice.  

If your publisher simply won't deal with LaTeX, don't spend another minute on it. With that said, in my experience, publishers are very conservative, but can be pushed and prodded out of their comfort zone. Keep after them and you might find them to be willing to work with LaTeX. If so, ask again and people on this list can spend some time helping out.  


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