[OS X TeX] Packages for books

Richard Seguin riseguin at earthlink.net
Fri Aug 24 14:23:53 EDT 2012

I have not had experience with the book package, but I can highly recommend the memoir package. Although the default setup is pretty good, all sorts of things can be customized: chapter headings, section headers, running headers, page numbers, table of contents, etc. I did some Google searches to find examples of customizations, and there are a lot out there. After playing around with this stuff for several days, I was astonished at how "professional" looking I was able to make the document. I could post my preamble, but that might inhibit you from finding your own style which might be even better than mine. I think I did look at the documentation for the book package, and it seemed to be rather restrictive compared to the memoir package, and that's why I went with the memoir package.

Richard Séguin

On Aug 24, 2012, at 11:59 AM, William Adams wrote:

> On Aug 24, 2012, at 11:25 AM, Nitecki, Zbigniew H. wrote:
>> I don't understand why memoir is supposed to be superior to book for creating a book.  Can anyone enlighten me? (I have used book for two book projects, and would like to know why I am being silly:-)
> Comprehensive documentation
> lots of hooks for customization
> lots of features intended for nicer typography
> less need to go looking for a package to address a particular need, since it's probably already a part of memoir
> William
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