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Book Guide: How to Produce a Book

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Metadata for How to Produce a Book
titleHow to Produce a Book
descriptionEdited with an introduction by John Rankin
blurbPublisher Blurb “Praise for Wikipublisher and”
dedicationTo the software giants on whose shoulders Wikipublisher stands
epigraphThe designer of a new system must not only be the implementor and the first large-scale user; the designer should also write the first user manual… If I had not participated fully in all these activities, literally hundreds of improvements would never have been made, because I would never have thought of them or perceived why they were important. — Donald E. Knuth
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If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. — Isaac Newton

¶ Basic Books

Quick Start
Make everything as simple as possible,
but not simpler. — Albert Einstein

¶ The Parts of a Book

Front Matter
Typography is the craft of endowing human language with a durable visual form. — Robert Bringhurst
Main Matter
The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. — Jane Austen
Back Matter
The great tragedy of science: the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. — Thomas Huxley

¶ Custom Books

Shape Shifting
There is nothing so practical as a good theory. — Kurt Lewin

¶* Appendices

Appendix: Technical Matters
… though largely forgotten today, methods and rules upon which it is impossible to improve have been developed over centuries. To produce perfect books these rules have to be brought back to life and applied. — Jan Tschichold
We haven’t got the money,
so we’ve got to think! — Ernest, Baron Rutherford of Nelson
That woman speaks eighteen languages, and can’t say No in any of them. — Dorothy Parker

1 See also the Book Metadata. (↑)

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