My book was written with 100% free software. Besides the ones I used explicitely (emacs, nxml-mode, darcs), there were many "infrastructure" programs such as GNU utils and the Linux kernel. Thanks to all the authors.

[Full disclosure: the final preparation of the book, made by the publisher, involved non-free software. Anyone knows a good equivalent of A... I...D... in free software?]

@cgx @bortzmeyer @cgx If you need many footnotes, Scribus is not ideal, as you have to handle them manualy. I'm not a publisher, but I don't think the quality is comparable.

@bortzmeyer typographically speaking and for printing purposes, I believe it is hard to find something better than LaTeX above all if you are not a publisher or a typographer. Yes, but my point is that I wasn't the publisher, I left the work to professionals.
When I do it all my myself, I use LaTeX, it yields good results even when used by an amateur.

@faust @bortzmeyer But adapting a non-LaTeX layout to LaTeX is difficult if you don’t have at least intermediate LaTeX skills.

@EtienneNadji @bortzmeyer yes, that's true, and maybe sometimes impossible. I believe \LaTeX was not made for adapting layouts (nor it was made for doing book covers for instance). Maybe a mix of scribus (that I have just installed) and LaTeX could lead to a very good result...

@faust @bortzmeyer LaTeX / render frames in Scribus or inclusion of Scribus' PDF in LaTeX ? 🤔

@bortzmeyer there's a brazilian publisher (hedra) that only uses free software. the owner is a linux geek >.< they use latex


we published a book only made with latex. I did the latex work (get the data from a pdf previously made with indesin) and redo all footnotes, index, bibliography - hard work 🙂

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