{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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Resources for title page and front matter design

I need to create the area between the outer cover and the table of contents for a novel. This will present (at least partially, but preferably at a minimum): the title the author's name the ...
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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 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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Displaying page construction guides

Is there any way to overlay some lines and dimensions on the document so that one can see where the margins end and more easily examine the overall layout and ratios of elements on the page? See for ...
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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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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? If my document has 50 pages, and following requirements : Double side printing ...
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How to print section titles like tab-list?

Can I create a user manual with sections at the right like multi-tab? Like this: -- I think maybe I can template the page by tikz. (That will be very flexible if possible) so I added the tikz tag. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Book layout Contents, Chapter, Section,

my goal is to get new style of Table of Contents, new style of Chapter and new style of section. I there is one more: how to change itemize native symbol for a black square? Table of Contents: text ...
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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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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.
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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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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 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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Getting started with Chinese in ConTeXt

I am trying to setup a basic document with ConTeXt, but I am having difficulty even getting started. First, I tried the documentation at ConTeXt wiki: Chinese. I tried the sample code on that page: ...
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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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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 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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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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How can I produce a fancy chapter heading like this one?

I just found some chapter headings that are really nice: But I can't exactly figure out how to extend the rule off the margin and put the figure on the page before the chapter and the caption 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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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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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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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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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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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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How to type multiple choice questions with more than one correct choice

I want to type multiple choice question (which may have two or more answer) book using exercise package such as \begin{questions} \question This is the first question \choice Wrong answer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I create a book with separately produced chapters?

I want to create a book type file, where each chapter is separatly compiled. That is I get the whole thing as well as each individual chapters in pdf or dvi or ps format. How do I do that?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...