{book-design} is about the design and layout of books. Typical subjects are cover, title pages, margins, odd and even pages and order of sections in front matter and back matter.

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How do I write a book with two 'authors', one on all left pages and one on all right pages?

I've used LaTeX for a while to write math articles, so I have a general idea how to use it, but I've never had to make my own document class, environment, or package. I want to write a short story ...
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How can I change the side of all (or single) pages of a twoside book?

My book's first page is righthanded the second page is lefthanded the third righthanded and so on but I want it of the form: first page to be lefthanded the second page to be righthanded the third ...
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Front page in document class book not centered

I'm using the document class book and I am designing my front page atm. I try it like this: \documentclass{book} \begin{document} \thispagestyle{empty} \begin{center} FRONT PAGE \\ \end{center} ...
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Typeset text immediately before \lettrine dropped capital

How do I add 'sidebar' text? I'm aware that 'sidebar' is likely the wrong word to use. Please let me know what the correct term is. I'm referring to the text to the left of the dropped cap ("The ...
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Book or website about book design

I am planning to study about book design. The final object is that given a book I can write a latex book template to achieve the same style. Could you recommend me some books or website to learn this ...
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Book template for <<Operating systems concepts>> [closed]

Could you help me to write a LaTeX book template just like the following link? I am planning to translate this book. I really hope someone can help me to write a template for the translation project. ...
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How to center horizontally and vertically the text area on my pages in svmono.cls? [closed]

I'm using svmono latex template for typesetting my book. Now my publisher wants me to center horizontally and vertically the text area on all of my pages. I wanted to do this by using ...
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Fonts for Mathematics and Text

Are there some examples of long, real-world documents showing the variety of text and mathematical fonts now available? With unicode-math there are now many more fonts for text and mathematics, both ...
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Modifying \part style in KOMA

I've got the design for part style in my KOMA document. It requires: removing "Part" text changing font flushing text to bottom right. I have already done some reading, removed "Part" text and ...
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Did the “Computer Modern” font families become a default because they're well tested and proven, or chance?

I'm deciding on the Font Families to use in LyX for a planned novel. Computer Modern is the default (Roman, Sans and Typewriter). I'm interested in the number of font faces and the versatility in ...
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Should otherwise empty pages have page numbers? Why?

By default, with either the standard LaTeX classes or the KOMA-script classes, empty pages (such as may occur using \cleardoublepage) have no page numbers. Why is this? In my — unprofessional — ...
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How to typeset an exhibition catalogue

Perhaps this is too vague, but I have been so impressed with the results I was able to achieve based on a previous question, that I thought I would ask. Has anyone used TeX to typeset an exhibition ...
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Any advanced example of layout designing with ConTeXt?

I'm looking for an advanced example of layout designing with ConTeXt? I've checked reference manual and few another docs from contextgarden, but they show only simple, elementary things. I'm ...
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What's the chief advantage of Memoir over “standard Book” for a novel

Considering that the user wouldn't likely have equations, glossary, index, bibliography or double columns (but would perhaps need insets for monologues), and considering the popular novel formats of ...
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Document class for designing a book

Introduction I've been using LaTeX for 15 years, but one year ago I started to write for the first time in my life a real book for students. So I followed usual widespread conviction: concentrate on ...
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Where can I find some rich book classes?

I find the standard book class, and others like tufte or memoir, a little "sad" in the end. I mean, look at technical books at a library: they have fancy headers, colors, graphics at page borders, ...
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Is the Standard LaTeX Book class capable of a Novel's dimensions, and the front back matter? [duplicate]

Can the standard LaTeX “Book” class adjust to the paper size and structure of a Novel sized book? It would be smaller than the standard dimensions that LaTeX seem to be setup for. The LyX dialog box ...
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Vertical lines across page for each chapter

I want to make a "title page" for each chapter of a book, and it should have two vertical lines across the page (one thicker than the other), and the name of the chapter, as shown in the image below. ...
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pgfplots and hyperref clash for complicated figure in book class

When using the book class, pgfplots, hyperref, and section labeling according to "How to reset chapter and section counter with \part", I get the following error ! You can't use `the character -' ...
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uneven line spacing

This is something that is already annoying me for quite a while. (I use LuaLaTeX) The line spacing of the Arabic text is uneven (see pic and/or MWE below). In particular, I think, lines 2, 7, and 10. ...
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multicolumn design problem

I tried to use multiple approaches to obtain the following general template with multicolumn, however, one problem that I come across is that the fontsizes changes; is there any take on how to ...
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Chapter Thumbs or Tabs in Book Class

I'm currently finalizing a book, and would like to add chapter thumbs or tabs to the document. While I've found a fair number of packages which are likely capable of doing so, I can't seem to get the ...
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Remove part numbering in backmatter

I want part numbering in the \backmatter to behave like chapters do (no numbering but included in ToC). I'm using scrbook as my document class.
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Show current chapter number on each page margin

I'm making a reference manual using scrbook. I'd like to include a "tab" that shows the current chapter number in a 1.5cm gray rectangle on the outside edge of every page. Within the rectangle would ...
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Horizontal margins for margin notes in the tufte classes

From the picture underneath you can see that the tufte class does not provide horizontal margins for the margin notes. Thus the margin notes can go beyond the \textheigth. Is that normal or is it a ...
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How are atlases and other large books made in LaTeX? [closed]

I was wondering how large books such as atlases or encyclopedias were made in LaTeX? For example, how does one setup their document or design the layout for such a big book? Is it the same process ...
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What LaTeX / LyX classes, modules and templates are available for novel writing?

I'm very new to LyX and LaTeX, but keep seeing it mentioned while Googling for composing a novel. I'm understanding that it might offer the simplicity of being able to focus on writing the story, ...
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Templates for NOT math-based books?

I need neat templates for books which aren't about maths or any other science - just your everyday HarryPotter-ish book you read to get your mind off all the bad things happening during the day. So ...
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Book - information page

I have a question regarding the latex book class. I want to add a page (in the frontmatter) with information regarding copyright, ISBN, edition information, publisher, number of copies, year of ...
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Split a book into multiple volumes

I have a book with 15 chapters and a table of contents. I have been asked to repackage it as two separate volumes, one including Chapters 0-9 and the second including Chapters 9-14 (yes, Chapter 9 is ...
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chapter style with lateral bar

Is is possible to have a different text/layout for the chapter page, and a vertical bar? What I want to achieve is something like this:
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Two pictures, side by side on even and odd page

I am formatting a twopage book on latex and I have a diagram divided on two almost page size images. (Two captions). What can I do for putting the first image on an even page and the second on the ...
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What is this font? [duplicate]

I'm trying to write my texts using a font like the image below, from an old book. Does anybody here know what is that font? Using Baskerville as @Papiro suggested I got this (the math font is a ...
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Avoiding widows by increasing the page size [duplicate]

Two related questions: I think atm I feel that the best and easiest way to avoid widows and orphans is to let the affected pages differ a little in size. Almost no one would recognise it and -- even ...
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Stylish Class to write a Book in LaTeX? [closed]

I want to write a book in LaTeX, but not in the conventional way. I want some good fonts and better page layout. The following link is an example of what I want: ...
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How to put signature number in footer (derived from page number)?

To make my book easier to bind I'd like to automatically put the signature number with small type in the footer of the first page of each octavo signature (except the first one which is given since it ...
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Layout of Knuth's “The Art of Computer Programming” in LaTeX [duplicate]

Just for fun, I want to write something in the same layout as The Art of Computer Programming by D.E. Knuth. Does anybody know how to get this layout with LaTeX? [EDIT] I am interested in the full ...
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TOC for book and preview

I am writing a book, which has a shorter version called "preview". How could I arrange (in LaTeX, xelatex) that the preview PDF remains as it is (shorter) but that it presents the TOC of the ...
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Summary for parts of one book

I would like to write little summaries at the begining of each part of one book. How do you do that ?
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Compile separate document chapters into book w/o duplicate references?

I am trying to collect a set of independent documents, each with its own preamble and begin{document} and \end{document} lines into a book. I have looked into the subfiles package and tried \include ...
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Why is a blank page inserted in the middle of the first signature when impositioning with Context?

Tonight I'm impositioning a book for doublesided printing on A4 sheets. The book is in A5 format and will be bound with octavo signatures (4 pieces of A4 sheet are folded in half to form 16 pages of ...
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How long does it take to format a book in LaTeX?

I am new to this website and I hope this is not considered off topic but how long does it take to format a book in LaTeX? I understand this is a subjective question but maybe the "specs" of the book ...
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Can I have different chapter heading styles based on part of book?

For example - if I use \frontmatter, \mainmatter, \appendix, and \backmatter... can I use titlesec to format the "chapters" differently? I use tikz to style my main chapters and appendix headings, but ...
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Separate book into parts and chapters

I am working with the book document class and want to create something like this. Moreover, in the Table of Contents I want the "Part" to be under- and over-lined and not to be numbered. I think of ...
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Best LaTeX Templates for books and lecture notes

I have written and submitted a lectures series in mathematics in arXiv, arXiv:1211.3404. Its format is book, but I have some difficulties with it. For example for page numbering, indexing, etc. I am ...
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Figure on A3 page within A4 document

In my dissertation, I got some diagrams that don't fit a single (horizontal) A4 page. Hence I decided to print them on A3 pages that might be unfolded when reading. I followed the instructions in ...
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What is the best way to use Latex for literary documents?

I was wondering, just out of curiosity: what would be the best way to produce literature-related documents in Latex? I have only ever written technical and scientific documents myself, so I really ...
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How can I add side-icons in a LaTeX book?

Most of the technical books I've read use what I call "side icons" to mark out certain types of content. Stuff like "watch out for this" and "helpful tip", with corresponding icons. Here's an example ...
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big document — collaboration

We want to write a bigger document in collaboration. Therefore I've got some questions how to organize this best. so we would have one master document including (or inputting) all the parts of the ...
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How to make hyperlinked tabs with specific colors?

I modified this project How to print section titles like tab-list? in the following way: usletter, 8 tabs on the edge of paper, odd pages only, text within the tab is set by the user (\TabText), ...