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On 08/07/13 14:30, Marc Grober wrote:
I have seen quote a bit of argument against using a master document for
a book as I was exploring this subject just recently as well.  The help
docs of course are a good place to start.

There are a number of different tools for moving from LO to epub.  There
is the new eLAIX extension, Writer2epub, and you can also export as
docxml and then use pandoc which will create epub3 docs for you. I used
to use eScape but that is no longer supported, though it still works.
The folk at infogridpacific looked like they were going to move it to an
online service but it looks like that project was killed and that they
are concentrating on their Digital publisher solution.

Thanks. I went through that. It's well written. It helped me to understand the concept. But It's a little shy on the actual practice. I've been experimenting with templates and a set of test documents, with mixed results.

I notice that master documents tend to elicit a love-hate relationship: some people think they are The Right Thing, others that they are worse than accepting a ring from Sauron hehehe. I had bad experiences dabbling with them in MS Word a few years ago, and I never touched them again. I've also experienced that Writer is a lot more stable than MS Word when dealing with very long documents and complex formatting (embedded images, tables, crossreferences, etc.), but I never have used it for anything over 100-120 pages long. I expect my current assignment to reach around 500 pages easily, with math, complex tables and so on. When I read the "Writer's Guide", I came across the suggestion that a master document and chapter subdocuments where the preferred way to tackle long, complext texts. In any case, I am aware that I will need a lot of planning, careful styling and no direct formatting to make it work, either as a single file or using a master document.

As for publishing... I was thinking plain PDF export with no DRM. Epub is an interesting option. On the print side... small printing houses down here, the ones that accept material for self publishing, demand MS Word .doc format, so that was another reason for me to chose Writer instead of a full DTP or plain text format.
Anyway, thanks for the tips. I'll keep digging ;-)

Pablo M. Dotro         Twitter: @Pablo_El_Mago

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