Scribus: New Trick in the Bag

ScribusI spent the day exploring a free, open source desktop publishing program. The two industry standards are InDesign and Quark, both pricey. InDesign has gone to a cloud based subscription plan and Quark is almost $1,000. Scribus is free, and experienced Scribus users promise the program is comparable. Find more about Scribus here.

So far it’s been slow going. I started out missing a crucial piece of the download process so my image imports were buggy. After I figured that out, I saved my painfully slow progress, closed and reopened to a much smoother program. After that it went faster and I rebuilt the Panhandle Focus banner.

Scribus 2Theoretically, if I become proficient in Scribus I can rebuild all my publishing templates and then share them. Because the program is free and open source, I could teach someone else to use them. Theoretically, they would probably buy me a coffee or lunch to say thanks ;)

But first, I need to keep working with this. Anyone else have any experience with Scribus?

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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2 Responses to Scribus: New Trick in the Bag

  1. Robin says:

    I created a quick ‘how to’ for a picture book layout with Scribus and found it pretty easy to use. One of the students in my PB class used Scribus to successfully create 3 print books on CreateSpace.
    I found a very useful site. Wish there were more up to date templates available.

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