Textbooks

Alex Reinhart – Updated September 9, 2017 notebooks · refsmmat.com

Most interactive textbooks are crap. It’s not clear to me what would be a better electronic textbook, and it likely depends entirely on the intended audience: an introductory text needs different features from a graduate-level book intended as a reference. Nonetheless, I may speculate wildly about a web-based interactive book.

Feature ideas

Technology

See also Scientific typesetting.

LaTeX isn’t suited for the Web. Pollen is an extensible option, given enough willingness to write Racket; Sphinx could perhaps be adapted with enough hacking. MathBook XML is interesting, but I’m not enthused about writing in XML; worth investigating to see whether it’s capable of supporting the features I want, since perhaps writing XML is preferable to reinventing an entire system from scratch.

Examples