One of the other nice things that can be done with R Markdown is you can create ebooks. Ebooks can be created by creating separate RMakdown files for each chapter then knit them all together to generate the book.
Ebooks can be created in the following formats:
- PDF (via LaTeX)
- HTML (GitBook style, Bootstrap style or Tufte style)
To get started with book down we actually have a new command to compile the book. Instead of calling render on a RMarkdown document like we have been previously we need to call render_book.
We can use the same docker image I introduced earlier in this tutorial but we will need to create a new script to call it.
Put the following into the rmb-book script and put it somewhere in your path (on my system its in ~/.local/bin) and
chmod +x rmd-book on it.
#!/bin/bash docpath=`realpath $1` docker run --rm -v `pwd`:`pwd` --workdir `pwd` wiltaylor/rmarkdown:latest Rscript -e "require(bookdown); render_book('$docpath')"
Now we have the script ready we can start on our book. First step is to create a new folder for your book and put a index.Rmd file in it.
--- title: Demo Book author: Wil Taylor output: bookdown::pdf_book --- ## Index.Rmd This is some text in the index file.
Now to break this down:
authorare what you expect the title of the book and who wrote it.
output- Like with regular R Markdown documents this controls the output file format. Unlike regular R Markdown though they have different values.
- bookdown::gitbook - Generates html in a gitbook style.
- bookdown::tufte - Html book in a Tufte style.
- bookdown::pdf_book - Creates a pdf version of the book using LaTeX
- bookdown::epub - Generates a epub version of the book
now we have the index.Rmd file created we can start working on chapters. The way chapters work is bookdown will import the index.Rmd file first and will then import all other Rmd files in the directory in alphabetical order. Because of this I suggest naming all your chapter files starting with the number of the chapter 01-foo.Rmd for example then 02-bar.Rmd. That way it will import them in the expected order.
There are heaps of options and customizations you can make to your book. I suggest reading the bookdown documentation here.
- 01 - Replacing MS Office
- 02 - Setting up R Markdown
- 03 - How to do common word tasks in R Markdown
- 04 - Generating presentations in R Markdown and Reval.JS
- 05 - Working with data and R Markdown
- 06 - Generating flow charts
- 07 - Creating books in Bookdown
- 08 - Misc other tools
- 09 - Co-operating with other people
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