{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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Is ConTeXt a good choice for creating a nice large catalog?

I only know a little of ConTeXt but I was wondering if it would be a good idea to use ConTeXt for creating a large catalog containing hundreds of books with a three column layout inside. I was ...
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Convincing pdfbook to assume letterpaper

I have a small booklet in half-letterpaper size: \documentclass{book} \usepackage[paperheight=8.5in,paperwidth=5.5in]{geometry} \usepackage{mwe} \begin{document} \lipsum[1-13] \end{document} But ...
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Bad TOC entries spacing for chapter 10 and beyond [duplicate]

When making long documents under book class if one needs 10 or more chapters, something weird happens with the table of contents: the space between the number of the chapter and its title disappears, ...
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How was this tip box produced?

I presume Drew Neil (of Vimcasts.org fame) used some TeX typesetting engine (XeLaTeX?) to typeset his excellent book, Practical Vim. See a screenshot below. I really like the way his "tip boxes" ...
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Formatting headers in the book class

I am using the book class for my thesis. In every page that is not the beginning of a chapter, LaTeX writes the number and name of the chapter in the header. Is there any simple (emphasis on the ...
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Create a book cover with spine, rear page and flaps

I have just finished my thesis, and I want to ask if there is a way to create a front-title page with spine (I don't know if this is the right term for the area between front page and rear page)? I ...
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New Wiley LaTeX style

I really like the new scientific book design used by Wiley. You can find an example here. I would like to use this layout style for my thesis, so I was wondering whether there's something available ...
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Splitting one volume into two

I've written a thesis and it's ready for submission but unfortunately the page limit for a volume is 300 pages and my thesis is 324. It has been decided that the solution is to split the appendices ...
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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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Two books in one volume with sequential number pages but separate chapter numbering

I am translating a volume including two books with sequencial number pages but separate chapter numbering for each book. What I would like to do is best illustrated by this skeleton table of ...
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Examples of simple beautiful PhD theses

Please share the simplest, most beautiful PhD / master's theses you've ever seen. Looking for ideas for layout (medicine). Source code appreciated.
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Algining the Author Name in the title page in the Book

I am preparing report for my mini project. I have my name and register number and my supervisor. But These are not aligned. I mean, The supervisor name should appear in line with my author title. How ...
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Right order of (possibly unnumbered) introduction, ordinary, conclusion and appendix chapters

Following the discussion started here and also related to this question, I'd like to know different opinions about what could be long document structures (books, PhD. theses, etc.), with focus on: ...
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Too many white space in bottom of the pages

I used this code for my thesis \documentclass [12pt,oneside,final]{book} \usepackage[left=35mm,top=26mm,right=26mm,bottom=15mm]{geometry} \raggedbottom It shows acceptable white space in bottom of ...
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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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Breaks Long title in chapter headers into 2 lines

I used book class to write my thesis as follows \documentclass [12pt,oneside,final]{book} The title of some chapters are long so it reaches the page number as shown in picture. how I can breaks ...
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Formatting a book with scene markers

I'm laying out my wife's book using LaTeX; I'm using KOMA-Script scrbook as my document class, but I don't think that my question here is specific to KOMA. Between certain scenes, we have scene ...
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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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Stickers on Thesis paper

I want to put a sticker "Examiners Copy" on the the front page of the thesis. How to do this?
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Book Class: Instructor's Guide [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student finishing my bachelor's in mathematics. For my Complex Analysis course, my instructor personally chose me to create an Instructor's Guide for the course. The ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do people use LaTeX or InDesign (or something else) for a technical report / book?

I was wondering how people write / layout a technical report / book. I have the following requirements: main text is two columns each chapter contains many graphs / figures / tables that span both ...
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Is the Standard LaTeX Book class capable of a Novel's dimensions, and the front back matter?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Templates for Books on Grammar, Phonetics for Language Learning

I want to make a book about the grammar of a indigenous language and use it for language learning, so far I got some templates but it seems they are for plays and math. I would appreciate information ...
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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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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 ...