Ask HN: Best tools for self-authoring books in 2023?

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  • mdBook

    Create book from markdown files. Like Gitbook but implemented in Rust

    If you want the lowest friction, open source, easily extensible Markdown to Web, Kindle, PDF, etc. tool, highly recommend mdBook: it’s written in Rust, but you don’t have to know any Rust to use it. And then wing is all CSS; for which there are many good (free) themes.

  • book

    The Rust Programming Language

    We use it to write docs in our company which are then compiled by GitHub Actions and published as GitHub Pages. The best example of a Book produced with mdBook is the Rust Lang book:

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  • It's a short project, but here's an example in Latex+Git(hub)+Pandoc:

    I wrote a longer novella using the same approach, the repo still private as it's in copyediting phase (but it could be opened if there's interest).

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