[scribus] a new ebook

john Culleton John at wexfordpress.com
Wed Jun 13 15:53:32 UTC 2012

On Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:33:39 -0400
Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com> wrote:

> On 06/09/2012 05:03 AM, Owen wrote:
> >
> My personal take on making an ePub book is that I wanted to focus on
> the text, and that if one had a viewer that showed the graphics,
> that's fine, but otherwise, seeing the various dialogs and whatever
> in Scribus itself is probably preferable anyway.
> So this is not going to meet some high standards of publishing or
> design or whatever other irritation that it induces in Prokoudine or
> others. An advantage it has is that it's easily edited and updated,
> and I think it's selling for a fair price. I suspect many readers
> will not have a lasting need for this, but it's not being forced on
> anyone.
> Greg

If a book is laid out in one of the TeX variants it is also easy
to update, and the output is a pdf. If you want to create a
totally different format with different page dimensions etc. then
a few changes at the top of the document will handle it. If you
insert a chapter in the middle then the chapter numbers and the
TOC automatically update. Indexing is also an easy feature. So long as
the handheld devices will read a pdf (and many will) I see no
urgency to do things in epub, or mobi, or html. 

I prefer Scribus for book covers, for newsletters and sales flyers.
For everything that is text heavy I save time and errors by doing
it in some form of TeX. My e-book listed below was done in pdftex.

John Culleton
Free list of books for self-publishers:
Police Procedural and Expose: "Death Wore Black"
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"

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