On Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 1:44 PM, Les Denham <lden...@hal-pc.org> wrote:

> On Sun, 9 Jun 2013 10:32:20 -0500
> stefano franchi <stefano.fran...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm willing to bet you won't find such an example. The reason is
> > simple: more or less by definition a best-seller is book produced by
> > a major commercial publishing house supported by a consistent
> > marketing effort, heavily edited by a professional editor and laid
> > out by a (team of ) typesetters according to a carefully designed
> > house-specific graphic design project.
> While that is the traditional definition of a best seller, it is
> becoming less and less relevant.

You may be right. As I said, I'm a pessimist. Yet, I've still to meet the
production editor of a major publishing house who would accept a manuscript
in LyX or Latex formats. Whereas I've met editors willing to accept a
*paper* manuscript and have it retyped in Word.

> I use LyX rather than Word (or its clones) because it allows me to
> produce a presentable document in about half the time it takes with
> Word. This is emphatically the case if it is a document requiring a
> detailed table of contents, an index, or a bibliography, or if it
> contains figures, cross-references or footnotes.
I guess that's the very reason why we all use LyX. I certainly wouldn't be
as productive in Word. But those of us working in the Humanities (at least
some Humanities) then have to budget some time to convert the output to
Word. Nothing else is accepted. I tend to think best-sellers authors'
position is closer to us than to a physicist's, a mathematician's or a
logician's. That's why a minimal and yet reliable LyX-to-Doc converter---a
topic we've repeatedly discussed on the list---would make such a difference
to the non-technical user, IMHO.



Stefano Franchi
Associate Research Professor
Department of Hispanic Studies            Ph:   +1 (979) 845-2125
Texas A&M University                          Fax:  +1 (979) 845-6421
College Station, Texas, USA


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