Books build upon other books, just like scientific experiments build on other scientific experiments. Be it out of scientific accuracy, as a service to the interested reader, or out of gratitude, you should include references to your sources.
This article will cover the basics of LaTeX so that you can make adjustments to your existing texts, understand the commands in the template, and get a head start for when you want to learn more complex commands on your own.
A simple way of writing books in LaTeX is using Overleaf and our template. In previous articles, we have walked through the whole “build chain” of creating documents. In this article, we go through each file of the template and give you a “to do” list of items you can work on one by one—from the title to the appendix.
So… how do we use LaTeX? What do we need to install, set up, etc.? And just how do we use LaTeX to create an e-book?
For which books is it better to use a word processor? What are the advantages of writing a complex book in LaTeX vs Word? This is an excerpt from Better Books with LaTeX the Agile Way. Having written seven books on topics including project management and philosophy, I have gained a great deal of respect …
This is an excerpt from Better Books with LaTeX the Agile Way. You can get a copy here. While we have discussed how to include the reader by creating user stories and personas, we have not included actual readers in our publishing process. In this chapter, we will discuss how listening to your audience can help to …
If, during writing, despite all that preparation, you still end up missing some information—a transition, a reference, a table, a diagram, or a photo—and if you do not have the resource available right away, just insert a placeholder and add a reminder.
In fiction works, after creating your world and characters, it is time to put them into a specific situation and think about how they would act. This ensures that they will come to life and that they really are the actors of your story—and do not seem like they are hanging from the strings of a puppeteer.
For fiction books, you cannot simply map your user stories directly into individual chapters of your book. Instead, you have to approach the project in several phases:
If you are writing a non-fiction book, the next steps are straightforward. What the reader wants to read and what you will provide with user stories is very much aligned. A reader has a specific problem, need, or interest, and you are trying to solve it by providing instructions or information.