[scribus] a new ebook

Craig Bradney cbradney at scribus.info
Wed Jun 13 19:09:41 UTC 2012

On 6/13/12 9:01 PM, mir wrote:
> Whether the scope of the Scribus project should be changed or not,
> considering the seismic changes the publishing world is undergoing, is an
> interesting, but separate question.
> I understand Scribus' goal is to produce books for print and that's why we
> picked it for our project from the beginning.  But over the three years it
> took for us to research, write and lay out our book ebooks became a much
> more important part of the book market.
> So our requirements changed, and yes, we did lots of corrections and
> additions to the text directly on Scribus.  In the end, we discovered our
> beloved book was in a format not much better than any proprietary format --
> in a kind of dead end, with very limited possibilities for export.  We are
> planning to make new versions into the future, and now we were  stuck with
> Scribus for ever!

Not really.. Scribus has an open format that you could easily move to anything else with some free
text processing tools, and you have the source code.. therefore you are not stuck. Even if you don't
have the technical resources to make modifications right now, it still means you are not stuck.

> We managed to use the PDF output as a starting point for our epub, but it
> was a lot of work.  I think with not too much work this can be improved,
> with a possibility to export in XML/HTML.
> We love Scribus and hope to keep using it, but something like this
> would dramatically increase the value of this tool, especially for small
> NGOs with limited budgets like us.

You will see the value of the new plugin.


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