[Scribus] Scribus for books?

Kevin Walzer sw
Tue Nov 15 23:11:36 CET 2005

John R. Culleton wrote:
> Scribus seems well-suited for highly graphical publishing, such as
> newsletters and brochures. But I wonder if anyone uses it for text
> heavy books, with tables of contents, indexes, running headers,
> fotnotes and the like. 
> Also, has anyone direct experience with using Scribus for book
> cover pdfs? Are there any macros or templates around for this
> application? This seems to be a more Scribus-like application than
> the text block of a book. 
> All replies appreciated. 
> John Culleton 
> Able Indexers and Typesetters
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I've used Scribus for a number of book covers: that's my main use of it.

I don't have any macros or scripts, but my printer (Lightning Source) 
provides templates. Just import the template as an EPS or TIF, and lay 
out the elements as required.

For whatever reason, Scribus produces huge PDF files in comparison to to 
InDesign: 20 megabytes vs. 4-5 megabytes. But that's not a big problem, 
as the PDF quality is excellent.

I haven't yet tried Scribus for the interior of books. I use other 
programs for that (InDesign or even a word processing program such as OO 
  Writer or MS Word like Aaron Shepherd), as they are faster for my needs.


Kevin Walzer, PhD
WordTech Software - "Tame the Terminal"
sw at wordtech-software.com

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