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On 08/07/2013 at 22:58, "Virgil Arrington" <> wrote:

but to 
me trying to write a book with LO Writer is like trying to force a square 
peg into a round hole. Yes, it can be done, but the labor involved may not 
be worth it.

I think you merge two totally different ideas: writing a book and publishing a 

As for writing, Writer and LaTeX are pretty much comparable - they both sucks. 
They do not provide basic tools needed for writers, such as character 
descriptions (were her eyes blue or green?) or detailed outline of story (this 
is different than outline of chapters). Of course you can overcome it with nice 
note-taking app, custom wiki or organized papers, but in some other programs 
you do not have to.

As for publishing (making it look beautiful), LaTeX classes and forced 
separation of structure and look usually provides better defaults than Writer. 

But then, we talk about defaults. It's not like you can't change them. 
If you learn your tools and think in advance, create decent-looking long 
document in Writer can be done with little hassle.

I have created and edited some long (100+ pages) documents in Writer and never 
seen anything in LaTeX that would be a dealbreaker for me. If anywhere, I 
would go to full-fledged DTP suite such as Adobe InDesign.
Best regards
Mirosław Zalewski

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