OT: publishers accepting .tex files (was Re: Exceedingly OT - Re: [OS X TeX] tex, pdf, and doc)

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Sep 5 09:21:54 EDT 2006

On Sep 5, 2006, at 9:17 AM, Simon Spiegel wrote:

> Just wanted to post my (very fresh) experience here: I'm the first  
> at our institute (film studies that is) who wrote his thesis in  
> LaTeX. Exchange with my professor wasn't a problem, I just send her  
> PDFs which she printed and commented (since she would do this on  
> paper anyway, it didn't matter what I used).
> I was a bit afraid when it came to publication. All thesis at our  
> institute are published in the same series which has sort of a  
> corporate design layout. Normally people would send Word files to  
> the publisher who would put them in their system (no idea what they  
> use). It soon turned out that they couldn't handle tex files. So I  
> asked whether they could handle a PDF if I could get the layout  
> right. Thanks to komascript and the fact they only use Palantino  
> and Frutiger, I was able to re-construct the complete layout. So  
> what we'll end up is me doing the complete book and just send them  
> a PDF. Although it means more work for me it also means lower  
> publication costs, and above diligence, since I'm sure I care much  
> more about the layout of my book than anyone else ever will.

That is the flip side (and the one mostly written about in Practical  

Having authors do the composition work is becoming more prevalent ---  
usually there are few issues for b/w work, colour can present a few  
wrinkles, but proper communication with your printer can cover this  
for most instances.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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