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Re: Using Mathematica to typeset books
Why play around? Why not give the readers real value? Why not publish full-fledged Mathematica Applications that contain a book, packages, full documentation, tutorials and example notebooks with application of the subject matter? Such Applications have huge advantages over any half-way approaches. 1) The purchaser has active code that she can use for explorations and calculations. 2) The product is active, dynamic and open ended. It can use much clearer and convincing methods to present proofs and derivations. 3) The product has much higher integrity because the material can be actively tested and this provides a great deal of automatic proof reading. 4) The book can also be published separately. This provides a publishing record independent of Mathematica and satisfies those who also want a printed book. The book can be shorter and more formal in its approach because the burden of many examples and extended exploration can be put in the Application. It's a fantastic new medium and it's available now for those who want to take advantage of it. But the reader/user must have a working Mathematica. Is this asking too much? Student and Home Editions are not all that expensive these days. Technical professionals should have the necessary tools and be willing to pay for them. Will Mathematica be around long enough to make this an inviting publication method? It's been around since 1988 and has been significantly and continuously improved over time. WRI is always exploring new ideas and capabilities. I'm not sure that everything works out but the product is definitely "alive" and gives every sign of being around for a while. David Park djmpark at comcast.net http://home.comcast.net/~djmpark/index.html From: mike at necomp.us [mailto:mike at necomp.us] I'm a newbie to Mathematica. I work with a publisher that is looking to use Mathematica to typeset its books. Is it possible to do this and what are some books that may be of interest. A lot of the books are now set using LaTex but the publisher is looking to set up some with Mathematica and then using CDF for some website tutorials.