Why Johnny Can't Format a book

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 9, 2014 6:40 PM EDT
Tales of Adversego; By Andy Updegrove
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One of the big frustrations of writing a book is that while Microsoft Word can be used for creating and formatting a book, it’s a real pain in the neck for ordinary mortals to use it for that purpose. Hmm. What's up with that?

How hard is it to format a book using Word? At least one person (Aaron Shepard) has written an entire book telling you how to pull off that feat. But why is that true, do you suppose?

Well, here’s the answer: it’s because Microsoft wiped out all office suite competition 20 years ago, before anyone making word processing software for general users thought there was a market for such functionality. After that happened, unless Microsoft thought it could make money making it easy to format a book, no one was going to do it. And since Microsoft’s products are targeted at business users, and businesses don’t write books unless they’re actual publishers, well, then, you’re just going to be out of luck.

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not the right tool for book-writing anyways mbaehrlxer 12 879 Mar 11, 2014 12:19 PM

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