LaTeX templates for POD publishing with Blurb.com
From the README:
This a latex implementation of a photo book or photo folio. It has been used to create a PDF photo book that has low-res images suitable for web display, and also will generate a hi-res version that is compatible with the Blurb.com “PDF to Book” publish on demand process (link). It will also make a “folio” PDF–a stack of prints with some front and back material, both hi-res print and lo-res web versions.
This particular example was for the 10×8 softcover book, although it should be straightforward to tweak this to other sizes, compared to GUI desktop publishing systems. The folios are targeted to 8.5×11 letter size paper, a common inkjet paper size, although the photos are in the same size/resolution as the book.
To use this, you will need a decent implementation of xelatex or pdflatex. I use the excellent version of xelatex that is bundled with the “texlive” TeX distribution–just google for “texlive” and your platform (MacOS, Windows, Linux, etc.)…
This is the LaTeX version of my book Chickens, Anyone? It was successfully used to make a 10×8 Blurb.com photo book. I made this as a test, after initially designing the book using a GUI-based desktop publishing tool, Scribus. I found that while it did a good job, the GUI tool required a lot of laborious GUI interaction just to make even minor changes to the book’s size, as is often required for POD publishing. With LaTeX you can simply tweak a few parameters in a text file, run make and have another version of the book in a different size. This will be no surprise to anyone that is familiar with the productivity of working in a text markup language, but may not be obvious to newcomers to desktop publishing, who are familiar only with GUI based tools. If you are frustrated by how much time it takes you to tweak your book for a different size or POD process, you should check this out!
Here are the main features:
- creates separate web and print versions from the same source file
- creates a book or a folio (a stack of prints with front and back material)
- allows you to edit text in any comfortable text editor, with easy and rich text markup
- is very fast and memory efficient (TeX was designed in the OLD days of computing, and is incredibly lean)
- includes an ImageMagick-based script for preparing downsampled image files with embedded ICC profiles at different resolutions