[Scribus] OT - Guidance needed for Book Publishing
Tue Nov 28 23:30:39 CET 2006
Oh yeah, I researched it a bit too. Pay $5k or such to a small press.
Or cross your fingers and try to work with a big press. The big techie
presses want a tunneled, niche book. No general books allowed. Guess
it helps them sell more books. And why I quit buying O'Reilly (doesn't
projects. Even those that claim they'll have "no client side
scripting" always do sooner or later.)
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On 10/30/06, John R. Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com> wrote:
> On Monday 30 October 2006 16:27, Asif Lodhi wrote:
> > Hi Andreas,
> > On 10/31/06, avox <avox at arcor.de> wrote:
> > > Now you've made us very curious as to what the book will be about... :-)
> > > Any hint?
> > >
> > :) There are many subjects to choose from and many strategies as well.
> > Certainly, it should provide some genuine value that none of the
> > existing books of the same category provide and at a reasonable cost -
> > if I want it to be sold, that is. Initially, I aimed to write one on
> > Maths or Chemistry but then I have seen so many good ones on these
> > subjects that I have dropped the idea altogether. It's going to be on
> > an IT subject area and will be aimed at complete beginners - well,
> > there are many books on the subject but I have my own niche. I'll
> > write it in my free-time so it's going to take some time to write the
> > whole book.
> > I was really scared of TeX but I have only read the first 16 pages of
> > "The TeX Book" and it has become one of my favorites. Dr. Knuth has
> > explained everything in a very easy style and every layman can read
> > this book. I recommend it to everybody. I have used LyX/Latex but
> > would rather go for TeX - it's really easy - at least, that's what I
> > feel after reading Dr. Knuth's book a bit.
> > --
> > Thanks & regards,
> > Asif
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> The family tree ot TeX is a bit complcated. There is a base of primitive
> commands that are not intended to be used by themselves. When you use the
> command "tex" what you get is these primitive plus a "format" or set of
> cmmands built on primitives that is called plain tex. LaTeX is another such
> format and by far the most popular one. Other formats include Context, which
> is what I use for anything very complicated. It is an alternative to Latex.
> Lyx is a graphic front end to LaTeX. It generates LaTeX source code.
> Knuth's book describes the primitives and the plain tex commands. For an old
> but good quick inroduction see "A Gentle Introduction to TeX" which also
> describes plain tex. I have it stored here:
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