I'm looking for some good books on XeTeX to have them as references whenever I want to look up something or learn something new. Level doesn't really matter, either novice or advanced would do but I'd really like the book(s) to be broad in content - like some of the LaTeX books that I've read:

A Guide to LaTeX by H. Kopka and P. Daly

The Not So Short Introduction to LATEX2ε by T. Oetiker

Many thanks for any recommendations,

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XeTeX is in opposite to ConTeXt just another compiler engine (like PDFTeX) and not a separate typesetting system. So it can't do any harm to read LaTeX documentation. A kind of XeTeX documentation is given with the manuals of some specific packages.

I'm sure you will find much more useful information on the XeTeX Project Homepage.

  1. Many books about LaTeX in general are mentioned here.
  2. Documentation about XeTeX can be found here.

If you're interested in XeLaTex and read French, you may find this book useful: Maïeul Rouquette, (Xe)LaTeX appliqué aux sciences humaines, 2012. The code is open source.

  • As author of this book, I could let know that it contain very little specific thing about XeTeX. It is more on XeLaTeX than on XeTeX. The only point for XeLaTeX are the use of fontspec and polyglossia package.
    – Maïeul
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 15:26
  • Ah, true, I assumed XeLaTex would also be of interest! Great book btw.
    – PatrickT
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 15:27

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