Here are some fantastic tools for creating academic/scientific papers and eBooks without using MS Office!
- Scrivener ($40, 20% discount code MICHAELHYATT) with Daum Equation editor (Chrome App), exporting to LaTeX
- LibreOffice Write with math editor (see email for proof of concept papers)
- MathType (which costs $97, $57 for academic license) works with 800 different applications, including Scrivener and LibreOffice
- Follow Larry Ullman’s system using Scrivener, Multimarkdown, Pandoc, Calibre and LaTeX
- LaTeX commands in Google Docs and a free Google Docs add-on called g(Math).
- Fooplot is a wonderful web service that lets you plot 2D and 3D functions
- Tex2Img, ScribTex, and Verbosus are free, online LaTeX equation editors
- Inkscape and OpenOfficeDraw are free alternatives to CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator
- Great StackExchange post about the tools (like LaTeX/PGF/TikZ) used to draw diagrams in textbooks
- Sigil Ebook is a multi-platform epub ebook editor. HTML-Kit is for easy-to-make webpages.