{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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Template for a book for children

I intend to (write and) typeset in LaTeX one or more books for my almost-4 child. They would be books telling a fairy tale (or the labours of Hercules, say) with one sentence and a large illustration ...
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How could one setup a layout for a dictionary? (if possible)

A friend asked me if I knew any free software for creating dictionaries - which is good at saving space (reduce total number of pages). Example: I suppose this might be possible in LaTeX. ...
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Writing a software book with LaTex - General Advise

I am a so new to Tex and I am trying to learn now. I decided to write a so simple software (ASP.NET 4.0) book for myself to learn it with a real example. So, I have the following structure for now : ...
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Insert foldable A3 pages in an A4 document with active references

I am at the end of a big LaTeX document (my thesis) and I would like to insert A3 tables and figures in the Annexes (Supporting informations) section. These A3 pages would be foldable and ideally I ...
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Good LaTeX template for book about maths

As I want to write a short "book" about Analysis I would like to work with a template which is good enough for readability, looks good and furthermore can handle dozens of my theorems, axioms, ...
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General template problem

I need to achieve the following formatting. Is that possible? Can someone provide an example?
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Writing a technical book, structuring first then layout later possible?

I want to write a Technical Book that eventually should go to Lulu.com for publishing, so I have to stick to certain strict rules about page sizes and layout. I'm currently looking for a way to focus ...
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How do signatures work in printing, and how can I use them in LaTeX?

With respect to printing, what are signatures? How do I use them when setting up my LaTeX document for printing (for example a book)?
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How to put one big image on each page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to include a picture over two pages, left part on left side, right on right (for books)? The problem is the following: I am formatting a twopage book on latex and I ...
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Printing a book

I would create a document using latex, if I want to print the document and make a book out of it, how should I do it? My document has 50 pages, and following requirements : Double side printing ...
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Indexing an interval of words on top of every page

Friends, I'm curious on how to do the following in LaTeX: Dictionaries have two words on the top of each page, meaning the interval of words to be found on that specific page, e.g., In the figure, ...
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What software was used to produce “The Elements of Typographic Style”?

Does anyone know if TeX was used to produce The Elements of Typographic Style, or if not, what have they used?
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Why isn't the “booklet” package behaving as expected?

I'm trying to use the booklet package to typeset a gathering of folios. Without the booklet package, the document would be typeset on 5.5 × 8.5 portrait pages. It's my understanding that booklet can ...
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openright in book class not taking effect

I have the following command in my preamble: \documentclass[letterpaper,twoside,openright]{book} But \chapter{}s still start on the left. I have seen this thread and this thread but the solutions ...
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Booklet with a specific page order rule

Friends, consider the following example (mytext.tex): \documentclass[a5paper,oneside,12pt]{book} \begin{document} {\Huge A} \newpage {\Huge B} \newpage {\Huge C} \newpage {\Huge D} \newpage ...
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A cookbook in LaTeX?

I am interested in making a cookbook in LaTeX. Each page will contain a recipe, including ingredients, instructions, and a photo of the finished food. Has this been done previously? Where do I ...
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What is the right order when using \frontmatter, \tableofcontents, \mainmatter, \part, \chapter, \backmatter, \appendix etc?

I am using the book documentclass and want to know the correct order when arranging \frontmatter \maketitle or \begin{titlepage}...\end{titlepage} a page that contains copyright, ISBN, edition ...
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Where to find people for hire with LaTeX skills and designer skills?

I have now written my first e-book in LaTeX but before I publish it, I wish to hire someone with superior LaTeX skills to fix the design of the book and formatting. At the moment I have tons of issues ...
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How do you setup a TeX document to self publish a book online?

I am a casual TeX user. Mostly I have used it to type up some reports/homeworks for class in my graduate engineering work. In the past I have used document type "article". And then kept all the ...
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Empty page inserted with pspicture environment

From the question How can I design a book cover, I tried to compile the code from Dean Serenevy. \documentclass{article} \usepackage[]{graphicx} \usepackage{pstricks} \begin{document} ...
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Customising the LaTeX output of gutenmark

I'm attempting to customize the LaTeX output I get from the GutenMark application for use on a BeBook One (6" screen, 170dpi). I've managed to get the margins looking reasonable, but the body text is ...
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Bind book from scanned PDF

I would like to produce a bound copy of this book provided as a scanned PDF. The pages should be printed centered on larger sheets with crop marks in the correct order for book printing. For this I ...
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Has the typesetting of Knuth and gang's Concrete Mathematics been modified over subsequent editions?

I understand its a late 80's book and the authors were justifiably proud of their new AMS Euler typeface when they wrote it. However, by today's display standards, I find it a bit lacking (atleast in ...
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How can I design a book cover?

Can anyone share his or her experience on designing a book cover? I just finished writing my "Awk One-Liners Explained" e-book and now I am designing the cover. I tried \maketitle and the result was ...
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Booklets in memoir class

I was just reading this question about using pdfpages to create twoup effects in memoir. This worked great for me, but I am wondering how I can get the page order to set up a booklet, so that it can ...
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How to write a multiple choice test book with LaTeX?

I want to write a book which will consist of many multiple choice exam sheets. Putting the codes below into my preamble, I wrote the question like as \begin{enumerate} \item $2+2=?$ \choice $1$ ...
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How to write a mathematics problem book

I'm a mathematics student and a newbie latex-user, and would start to collect my favourite problems in a problem book written in latex, dividing the content in two parts: the first, with the labeled ...
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Are there any good general typesetting books / references?

I would like to learn more about typesetting, the accepted best practices, rules and tricks used in books, letters, resumes etc. For example, what are the usual left and right margins? Line spacing? ...
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Exercises in lecture notes without predetermined placement

I'm writing up some lecture notes for a math course in LaTeX (using the book class so far, but I may change that), and as I do so possible homework exercises occur to me which I want to include in the ...
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Typesetting a poem book for manual binding

I would like to typeset a poem book, which I am planning to print then stitch and bind manually. My requirements are: The book should be printed on A4 paper, with two A5 pages on each side. It ...
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paper edition of my university facebook

I'm trying to make the paper edition of the face-book of my university. I got some constraints; for example, I have to do very small margins. \documentclass[a5paper,twoside]{book} ...
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Bind reports/articles into a book, but keep the ability to compile them individually

I see a few questions and answers about writing a book/thesis in LaTeX (here's one). But I would like to be able to compile reports separately as I write them to have a bunch of standalone documents. ...
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Recommendations for partial contents page arrangement in memoir

I'm writing a moderately large reference work using memoir. As it falls naturally into parts by audience, I'd like to include partial tables-of-contents, by part. I have managed to get my head round ...
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Typesetting non-scientific material for the first time

I have used TeX and friends for many years to produce academic documents: assignments, reports, journal articles, etc. As a hobby project, I am going to try something different by typesetting a book ...
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Blank pages between pages of the same file and between pages in different files.

I'm writing in the "master document" style, using the \include command, and between pages of the same file included and between pages of different files some blank pages appeared. What do I do to make ...
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Headings and advice to write a PhD in physics using LaTeX

I have 3 months to write a PhD thesis in French. I have a good level in LaTeX (wrote several memoires and many articles), however, I would like to know if you have any suggestions concerning good ...
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How to mark book paragraphs as note, warning, tip etc.?

In my text I have some paragraphs that should be denoted as "note", "caution", "tip", "story". These paragraphs should be rendered with darker background and an icon on the left side. I was not able ...
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When using a book class (memoir), text shifts from left to right on each page

I'm very new to latex, and I've noticed that using a book class causes the text on one page to be on the right and then left on the next and so on. I'd like for it to all to be on the left or ...
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Combine several chapters (separate files) in to one report

I am writing my final year thesis. I was asked to write my report part by part. First I wrote the Introduction chapter. No I have completed the Literature Survey. Both these were written as two ...
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Is there a good plain TeX tutorial that explains about doing automation and making layout?

I am interested in learning plain TeX especially in automation: looping, conditional branching, jumping, iterating, etc. layout: creating custom smart tables and boxes that can span cross pages. ...
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Should the appendix be before the bibliography or after?

My thesis latex format does not include an appendix, but I need one. Should I put it after the bibliography or before?
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Is there a package to pull out Answer Keys from Exercises to the last page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I produce exercises in one part of a LaTeX document with selected answers in another? I am writing a book containing exercises for the readers. To ease writing ...
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How to use several different fonts in the table of contents ?

I want to use different font and size for chapters and sections in the table of contents generated by toc. How should I customize the toc?
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Order of the pages in the front matter of a book

Following "A few notes on book design" from Peter Wilson (author of the memoir class) the order of the pages of the front matter is: Half-title page Blank Title page Copyright page Dedication ...
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Typography and style for acknowledgments written in different languages

My thesis is written in English, but for the acknowledgment page I think I will write a first paragraph in English, one in Italian and one in French. I was wondering if I have to do something ...
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Different header for odd and even pages with fancyhdr

We are making a book with the document class book. We use the fancyhdr package to customize the headings. We want the book title on LE and the chapter name on RO. We tried \usepackage{fancyhdr} ...
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What are good packages for laying out a play?

I'm formatting a play as a LaTeX book. Is there any particular package the is best for laying out books like this (aside from the LaTeX-book class)? I'm wondering if there are any examples of ...
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Where to put the acknowledgements in a thesis document?

Basically there are three possibilities: add just a 'Acknowledgement' section as last section of you introduction chapter put it at the end - between the last appendix and the bibliography put it ...
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Book cover fonts

I am typesetting my first book. I am using Computer Modern for the font. I am trying to decide which font to use for the covers/dust jacket. I took a look at a number of similarly formatted books, ...
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Is there anywhere a tutorial of how to publish a book with LaTeX?

I am looking for all the tips and what should be considered specifically for the layout of professionally looking books.