I want to start writing book and I'm interested what software is available on the web.

It should have:

  • Be open source.
  • Easy to write.
  • Create LaTeX.
  • Easy to format.
  • Write in easy syntax.
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    Should run on which OS? Or should it be a web-app? What eBook standards/formats must it support – or is LaTeX the target format (never heard about eBooks being published in LaTeX – they're usually EPUB, MOBI, LIT, PDF etc.; so maybe the ebooks tag is misleading, and should be removed from your question)? Is the target really an eBook (as the tags suggest), or is it intended for "print only"?
    – Izzy
    Commented Nov 23, 2016 at 11:24
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    Please edit both your Question and its title to be more specific. Commented Nov 25, 2016 at 9:15

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Extends gitbook build system with pandoc converter.


GPB (gitbook-plugin-build) extends gitbook build system with pandoc converter. Pandoc is your swiss-army knife when it comes to coverting files. GPB use pandoc build system to convert and compile your book in variety of formats:

  • TeX formats: LaTeX, ConTeXt, LaTeX Beamer slides
  • HTML formats: XHTML, HTML5, and HTML slide shows using Slidy, reveal.js, Slideous, S5, or DZSlides.
  • Word processor formats: Microsoft Word docx, OpenOffice/LibreOffice ODT, OpenDocument XML
  • Ebooks: EPUB version 2 or 3, FictionBook2
  • Documentation formats: DocBook, TEI Simple, GNU TexInfo, Groff man pages, Haddock markup
  • Page layout formats: InDesign ICML
  • Outline formats: OPML
  • PDF via LaTeX
  • Lightweight markup formats: Markdown (including CommonMark), reStructuredText, AsciiDoc, MediaWiki markup, DokuWiki markup, Emacs Org-Mode, Textile

Writing books with this plugin will be peace of cake. And here cake is not a lie!


For more informations please visit projects official homepage.



Did you try Madoko?

You can connect to your local documents offline via the npm package madoko.

Also, there's a video introduction from Microsoft Research, do a search for it.

  • Please describe the input syntax. Also, what output formats are available? And what is the license?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 9:16

OpenOffice is all of those things minus LaTeX creation, though I have seen workflows for converting LaTeX so it can be imported.

It's really just trying to be an open source version of Microsoft Word.

  • What output formats are available? Only PDF?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Commented Oct 6, 2017 at 9:17

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