What Software should I use to Write a BookWhich software should I use to write a book?
F: I am looking for a sharingware application to write a book. I have everything for taking pictures, making films, making music, but I can't think of anything, not an application that I can use to write a running article that will end up being a book I want to write.
Things and everything Microsoft I loathe and even refuses to give a dime to Gates and Co. iMac 3.06 Aluminium 21.5 Inches, MacBook Pro, White iPhone3GS, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Everything Mac is an addiction to me. F: Software to write a book on my iMac?
I' m lucky that my publisher, Wolf Press, is as enthusiastic about Free and Open Software as I am. This must be a rather uncommon thing, despite the fact that there are many folks who use free and open sourced software, and there are many good reason to do so.
Here is a short overview of some of the Free Software we have tried to write and/or release a book. Note 2 This paper is not about why you should use Free and Open Software (but if you don't know why software like Linux, LibreOffice and Firefox is named Free Software, then you should take a look at the Wikipedia article).
Editorial work: We used LiberOffice for line processing andofing. Pre-press - professionals want to get the order in PDF/X file form. E-book Lay-outing - Writer2xhtml (EPUB) plug-in for libreffice with further processing in Calibre. A mind mapping software I've tried: One disadvantage of using a simple tool like Zim is that after importing into LibreOffice or Scribus, you will need to verify quotes, M-Dashes and so on.
It' a very beautiful piece of software, full of useful tricks and tipps. It' simple to setup your book and it keeps track of various stats, such as who is in which scene, where the scene is, which narratives are used in which scene, and how many words each has.
It is possible to write an entire novel with LibreOffice (the first two volumes I was part of were published in LibreOffice - at that time it was relatively sluggish with large files, but that's not the case anymore). As soon as the novel calmed down and the most important changes were in line processing and printing (and not wholesaling restructurings and deletions), I found LibreOffice perfect for working with, and it was great to have an impression of how my book would look on a page in pocket.
That' great, because it means you don't have to move back and forth in your documents or click on other documents to remember what to describe next. This has the necessary output feature - you can select which parts of your book should be exported, e.g. into LibreOffice file- or HTML.
It is a very young software (v. 0.3. The layout was created by my publishing houses in LibreOffice. That doesn't mean anyone can create a good-looking file with LibreOffice - you still need to know your basic principles of designing! Scriptbus is probably the closest layout option for Linux, and although it looks (and may feel!) very clumsy and old-fashioned, the work is generally done.
Be sure to make all changes before starting the layout in Scribus - large document processing can be very sluggish! Another Free Software imaging program whose great benefit is that it processes CMYK native. The Scribus is native to CMYK and PDF/X (see below) and has much more fine tuning and repositioning than Krita or Gimp.
Scriptbus can print PDF/X, so don't worry. You can use libreffice to create PDF/A exports - which is almost the same as PDF/X - that's a good first. Note: When creating PDF/A, sometimes text next to an image is also converted to a graph - so please review all images with caution.
In that case, try to generate a regular PDF in LibreOffice and work from it. Ebooks like ebooks like epub and Kindle (mobi, azw) are not very difficult to build, but you need to be willing to invest some of your spare HTML and CSV resources if you want to fix all the little layout bugs that usually sneak in.
One of the most important thing is to get your epoxy right, since if you want to make an e-book for Kindle then you are going to be walking through Amazon, and the best way to do that is to get started with an epoxy anyway. In other words, the free ones I found were not of very good qualitiy.
HTML is full of superfluous style and tensioning that can be a bad dream. Even better, the plug-in can also be directly printed in Epub file form. The best way is to use the Writer2xhtml Libreoffice plug-in (see above), then use the Calibre Writer2xhtml Libre Office plug-in, which is very simple to use if you are experienced with HTML and just plain HTML and just plain text.
But it' known as a mighty publisher. If you have other Free and Open Software proposals that can be used to create a book, let us know! BbeBOOsKS have great step-by-step instructions on everything from epoxyBub and Mobe.