# 1.3 Recommended Reading

This document is designed as an introductory text, not a comprehensive guide. For further reading try some of the following[Books on LaTeX]:

LaTeX: A Document Preparation System [9] is the user guide and reference manual for LaTeX, and
is a good basic text for anyone starting out, however it doesn't
cover AMSTeX[What are the AMS packages?], so anyone who
needs to typeset more than basic mathematics may prefer either
A Guide to LaTeX [7] or The LaTeX Companion [3]. Both these books cover AMSTeX,
BibTeX and `makeindex`.

In the same series as The LaTeX Companion, there is also The LaTeX Graphics Companion [5] which details how to illustrate documents with LaTeX and PostScript, including a chapter on colour (coloured text, background, tables and slides). This is recommended to anyone who is contemplating heavy use of graphics, but you do need a basic knowledge of LaTeX before delving into it.

The final book in the “Companion” series which you may find useful
is The LaTeX Web Companion [4]. This is recommended for those interested in creating
documents for the web, either as HTML or PDF. It details how
to convert LaTeX documents into HTML using various applications
such as `LaTeX2HTML` and `TeX4ht`, and how to create
PDF documents using PDFLaTeX[What is PDFTeX?],
including how to create active links within your document using the
`hyperref` package.

There are two new LaTeX books that I haven't read but have been recommended to me: LaTeX Beginner's Guide [8] and LaTeX and Friends [20].

Note that the UK TeX User Group (UK TUG) has a 25% book discount scheme
for members. See `http://uk.tug.org/membership` for more details
of that and other associated benefits. If you're not in the
UK, have a look at `http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html` to see
if there is a local user group in your area.

There is also a wealth of LaTeX-related information on the Internet[How to get help]. CTAN is a good place to start. You can check the on-line catalogue [22] for information about available software and, as mentioned earlier, there is also the list of frequently asked questions which I recommend you try if you have any queries. See also Appendix C. Need More Help?

This book is also available as A4 PDF or 12.8cm x 9.6cm PDF or paperback (ISBN 978-1-909440-00-5).