I am looking for all the tips and what should be considered specifically for the layout of professionally looking books.
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 :).
3+1 for the memoir documentation; it's worth a read, even if you don't use the package, for the many sensible things it has to say about layout, etc.– vandenJul 30, 2010 at 14:40
2The book design part of the memoir documentation has been spun off into it's own package: memdesign Aug 14, 2010 at 23:13
Compare to Koma-Script, which one is better? Dec 24, 2010 at 10:16
I haven't used KOMA-Script much, but judging from what I've seen I prefer
memoir: more focus on the why, better naming conventions, more powerful (on first sight).– PieterDec 24, 2010 at 12:07
1I wouldn't describe one or the other as better --- use Memoir if you need U.S. conventions (and English is your native tongue), Koma-Script if you need European (and your native tongue is the same as one of the developers / documenters who has written docs for it --- last time I looked, the translated into English docs were pretty heard to understand). Aug 19, 2013 at 18:14