I am looking to make a website for writing books. Rather obviously, the most crucial part of this is its editor. I plan for people to be able to upload .docx, .scriv, LaTeX, and Markdown files, but for others who may not be familiar with these or want to use a different way, I need a fully online editor.

Some of the things I have researched about so far, good though they are, aren't suitable for the long format that books require. Even if I only allowed to edit a chapter at a time, it would be rather preposterous to use something like Froala or CKEditor. Does anyone know of a good one? I've also investiagated Ace, but it's immediately evident that it's more code-oriented. Perhaps it would be good for people looking to write in LaTeX online, but is not suitable for my purposes. If anyone requires a detailed list of requirements, please say so in the comments. As an aside, free would be absolutely wonderful.

Thanks in advance!

  • What formats must be supported? I know e.g. of ownCloud having a Markdown editor integrated into its core, and offering integration of OpenOffice/LibreOffice via addon. The latter might also work in your case, and there are IMHO several Markdown web-editors available as well. – Izzy Mar 31 '16 at 10:14
  • @Izzy Not a markdown one, a WYSIWYG one. For people who want to use markdown (or LaTeX as I said in the question), I am already using Ace. – naiveai Mar 31 '16 at 10:20
  • So maybe LibreOffice as web service could be fitting? Show-stopper might be .docx. My experiences using that format to exchange data with the MS world have not been that convincing (I'm author of several books and have to "exchange data" with publishers). – Izzy Mar 31 '16 at 10:41
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    @Izzy Few problems: - It's server-side. Not a very huge thing, it's not a requirement for client-side however it is preferable - The LibreOffice UI absolutely and totally sucks. We all know this. (EDIT: Apparently bullet points don't work in comments.) – naiveai Mar 31 '16 at 10:45

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