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This doctoral thesis is very technical and therefore hard to read. On the other hand, this book on the subject is a bit too naive. Our goal is to give a text whose difficulty is in-between.

I think that the last sentence above is incorrect. How could one phrase that the text is more precise and detailed than the book, but still less detailed than the thesis?

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The sample sentence isn't incorrect. It is stilted (“give a text” is not modern usage; “write a text” or “produce a text”, etc. would be more modern) and slightly informal. You could replace in-between with intermediate, which means “Being between two extremes, or in the middle of a range”.

  • I'd go with "It has been our goal to produce a text intermediate in difficulty." – outis nihil Jun 16 '14 at 21:42

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