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Here is a poor man's solution! Cover and title pages should ideally be designed by a graphics artist, as most of us are really challenged in this area! (If you have not watched this brilliant TED Talk by Book Cover Designer Chip Kidd, I advise you to watch it as you can gain a lot of insight into book cover design). The code follows: \documentclass{book} ...


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Create an own document (1 or 4 pages) for your cover and then merge it with the other document with the package pdfpages. Examples of book covers. For more detailed workaround, see Creating Book Covers using PSTricks. You will be guided how to create a book cover as shown above. For my own cover I use a template: On this I put all text frames and ...


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Both mdframed and tcolorbox are powerful and offer highly customizable boxes; below I show some options to achieve the desired box using each of those packages. Since both packages offer the possibility of designing the frames from scratch and an easy system of predefined coordinates, the possibilities are endless. For each package I will show two ...


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You can use xcoffins package from LaTeX 3 project. This example is inspired by work of Jan Tschichold \documentclass{article} \usepackage[a4paper,margin=5pt]{geometry} \usepackage[T1]{fontenc} \usepackage{times,multicol,graphicx} \usepackage{xcoffins} \usepackage{times,color} \newcommand\cbox[2][.8]{{\setlength\fboxsep{0pt}\colorbox[gray]{#1}{#2}}} ...


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I can speak of a real experience with .doc to .tex conversion. The simple rule I have observed is: 5-10 minutes a page, if things go fluently. What exactly is fluently (and how much more do the non-fluent things take): no complicated math, i.e. no large matrices, no equations to be broken to multiple lines etc. (add 5-20 minutes per one complicated ...


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Computer modern is the default font for TeX because it was created at (more or less) the same time as TeX by the same author, specifically for that purpose. For some time it was essentially the only font set practically usable with the TeX system. The defaults in LaTeX or plain TeX never change as you should be able to process a document from last century ...


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Prenote: as my answer expands David Hammens's one, read his answer first. There's only one subject area with a hard-and-fast rule: front-/main-/backmatter and appendix. To recap the behaviour of the standard book class: \frontmatter turns off chapter numbering and uses roman numerals for page numbers; \mainmatter turns on chapter numbering, resets page ...


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With only tikz \documentclass{book} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \begin{document} \begin{titlepage} \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay] \node[draw,minimum width=4in,rotate=-45,fill=orange,text=blue,font=\LARGE] at ($(current page.north east) + (-0.9in,-0.9in)$) {Examiner's Copy}; \end{tikzpicture} \centering ...


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You can use the packages titlesec for the titles of the sectional units, and titletoc for the entries in the ToC; a little example producing the layout for chapters and sections, and the redefinition of the label for itemize to use a square (feel free to adjust the settings according to your needs): \documentclass{book} \usepackage{xcolor} ...


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Book Recommendations The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. (Christian Lindig: This is a classic and if you only read one book I'd say it should be this one.) (lockstep: Emphasis on book design, plus a chapter about well-designed fonts.) The Complete Manual of Typography by James Felici, 2nd ed 2011. Thinking with Type by Ellen Lupton, 2nd ...


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work with included files for each chapter one. Then you can uncomment single chapters in the list of \includeonly{} to speed up your compilation and the single files are less large which makes the navigation inside the code easier. All references, page numbers will be correct. In this examples code I name the files intro.tex, chap1.tex, chap2.tex and ...


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Kirk, suppose you have a tex document named mydoc.tex (this contains your book, whith twoside in the class), then create a second document named mydoc2up.tex like this: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{pdfpages} \begin{document} \includepdf[pages=-,booklet,turn=false,landscape]{mydoc.pdf} \end{document} compile this and enjoy!


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Children's books are as unique as the children that read them. They are very individualistic and would be very difficult to fit them in a class. Each book deserves its own. Here is a draft for one (very rough, but just to illustrate that it is not that hard to develop a special template), and here is the code to play with: \documentclass[11pt]{book} ...


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Online resources As a LaTeX user, I'm also interested in typesetting practices. Here are some links, I listed on my blog earlier: Guidelines for typography among other Typography Resources collected by Charles Hedrick iLT - iLoveTypography - inspiring articles concerning typography JEP - Journal of Electronic Publishing - research and discussion about ...


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The memoir package, more specifically its documentation, is written as an introduction to professional layouts. It contains a lot of examples of different styles of books and how to obtain them. It can be a good start :).


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There are two existing classes/packages for this sort of thing: cuisine Simple, but with good recipe formatting cookybooky Complex, very stylish, requires pstricks


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Markus Kohm, the author of KOMA-Script, provides a project and a package named titlepage. Unfortunatly the project itself and the download page is only available in German. Nevertheless you may see the different types of already supported title page styles at http://www.komascript.de/node/1219. BTW: The red parts of the example pages are the variant parts. ...


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For graphic layout tasks such as this, I reach for a full-page pspicture: \documentclass[letterpaper]{article} \usepackage[centering,width=8.5in,height=11in]{geometry} \usepackage{pstricks} \pagestyle{empty} \begin{document} \psset{unit=1in} \begin{pspicture}(8.5,11)% use your page size \rput[b](3.5,8){\parbox{5in}{\begin{flushright} ...


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There are a couple of book classes. The default one is simply called book. Then there is the book class of the Koma script bundle called scrbook which is more suited for European styles IMHO. There is also the memoir class which can be used for books. Some people prefer it because it seems to be highly configurable. To tweak the margins etc. I would ...


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Martin gave a full answer with various examples (mentionning book, memoir and scrbook). When it comes to scrbook, here is an example I have set to fit CreateSpace and Lulu's requirements. I generate US Trade formats (6x9 in): % WITHOUT BLEED % US Trade => 6x9 \documentclass[paper=6in:9in,pagesize=pdftex, ...


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Book covers, and title pages, should be individually designed --- the \maketitle macro is not of much help. On CTAN there is a document of mine showing a range of title page designs that could be adapted for book covers: Some Examples of Title Pages. If you have TeX Live then texdoc titlepages should bring it up as well. Here is, hopefully, an example ...


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You can of course redefine the \maketitle macro to acquiesce to your design wishes. But as Martin has mentioned in a comment, the cover title is actually a later addition to a book. \maketitle is not the way to do this. The KOMA documentation says the following: A cover is actually something that should be created in a separate document. The cover ...


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The important issues to handle for such a project would be the handling of floats. Normally photo books or similar documents do not have a large amount of words and if you use floats and marginpars, the text will certainly end up in the wrong place. I would first choose a few page designs and then use minipages or better TeX vbox and hbox primitives to ...


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Here's a possible option using the background package to place the border, the tabs and the page number: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[a5paper,vmargin=2cm]{geometry} \usepackage{background} \usepackage{etoolbox} \usepackage{totcount} \usepackage{lipsum} % to have access to the total number of sections \regtotcounter{section} % every section starts ...


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I believe that Latin Modern (the lmodern package) has superseded Computer Modern, but there are few major differences (If you aren't writing in English, Latin Modern has better-behaved accent/diacritic placement). A 2013 study by 2 psychologists on the effect of different fonts for dyslexic readers found that Computer Modern performed well as a font with ...


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TUG have pages for both 'consultants for hire' and 'jobs advertised. You could consider using these to find the appropriate person.


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I think the KOMA documentation puts it very nicely, when describing which title is created using \maketitle and how it differs from the book cover: A cover is actually something that should be created in a separate document. The cover often has a very individual format. It can also be designed with the help of a graphics or DTP program. A separate ...


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Use \layout form the layout package. This produces: and the details on the bottom: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{layout} \begin{document}\layout \end{document}


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I'll start small and build up. Personal preference: I generally prefer \input over \include. Chasing down blank pages because you happened to \include a file that should only have been \input can be a pain. OTOH, if the \input file starts with \chapter and you have set things up so that chapters start on a new page (or a new even page), using \input instead ...


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Another package is xcookybooky. Here some information given by the author in the documentation: When I was looking for template for recipes, I found the cookybooky package … It looks very good, but I was unable to compile it correctly (e.g. I haven’t got the Lucida fonts). Also there are some packages which have to be downloaded by hand, because there ...



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