I want to design a book using LibreOffice. Is there somewhere on the net good tutorials for this?

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    Please do not build a book in LibreOffice unless you have the tools to create a PDF a printer will accept or a properly formatted ebook for electronic distribution. – Philip Regan Jul 10 '11 at 19:17
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    "Where can I find tutorials on..." questions are poor questions, in my opinion. Far better to address a specific problem. – e100 Jul 12 '11 at 12:33

See Philip's comment. LibreOffice is just not a tool for book design. It is a tool for book authoring, and lacks almost all the tools necessary to design a book.

On the subject of book design, there are some quite competent articles on About.com, and a fairly good two-part video tutorial here: (Part 1) (Part 2)

Keep in mind that there are two quite separate things you must learn: book design, which is an entire and very mature subject; and the particulars of how to use whatever software you are working with. You don't become a book designer by learning how to use a layout program, and learning how to design a book doesn't necessarily teach you about any particular application (but it will tell you why LibreOffice is not a suitable tool for the job).

  • Thank you for your answer! But consider this: I really need to use LibreOffice, and don't want to switch to another program. In this case, what to do? Where can I find good advice about using LibreOffice as a tool for book design? – Orbis Pictus Jul 11 '11 at 10:51
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    Use the links in my answer for information about how to design a book. The LibreOffice support forums and tutorials will give you what you need to know about how to use the program. – Alan Gilbertson Jul 11 '11 at 11:19
  • @Orbis you're asking how to saw a two-by-four with a hammer. Yes, you could bang it to two pieces, but the result won't even remotely resemble what you could've done with a proper saw. You indeed can write a book with LibreOffice, but you wouldn't properly design one with it. If you're really asking how to write (draft, construct, structure, organize, etc. — the whole writing process) a book with LibreOffice, your question might be better suited to writers.stackexchange. – Jari Keinänen Jul 11 '11 at 11:25
  • @koiyu I really mean design, not write. I write in Notepad++, or any simple text editor. So the question remains. I search for those who posed to yourself this question, to explore LibreOffice as an option to design. – Orbis Pictus Jul 11 '11 at 13:33
  • This question does not remain - it's been answered. – e100 Jul 13 '11 at 18:21

perhaps Scribus. If you really want to use Libreoffice, you might want to check out this presentation.

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