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Old 12-19-2021, 08:33 PM   #1
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How many people who are trying to be self-publishers for books have, or have access to, Microsoft Publisher?

I just did another Internet search, and I wasn't able to find any Publisher templates for books. Book cover, yes. Actual books -- no. Considering the number of people who seem to be venturing into writing and self-publishing, I can't understand why there are NO book templates out there for Microsoft Publisher.

Is it because people who aren't in a position to buy into Adobe InDesign are just doing it in Word?
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I think it's mostly because Publisher is not really designed for books, or anything like that. It's more for flyers and brochures.
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I think it's mostly because Publisher is not really designed for books, or anything like that. It's more for flyers and brochures.
That's kind of the point behind my question. WHY is MS Publisher relegated to doing silly things like diner menus and greeting cards, yet it's packaged only in the business and professional versions of Windows? The entire arrangement just makes no sense whatsoever.
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Most businesses are not publishing businesses. But they might need this kind of tool.

   
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woody: The entire arrangement just makes no sense whatsoever.
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That's kind of the point behind my question. WHY is MS Publisher relegated to doing silly things like diner menus and greeting cards, yet it's packaged only in the business and professional versions of Windows? The entire arrangement just makes no sense whatsoever.
Packaged in the business and professional versions of Windows? As a demo perhaps.

But it's part of the "family" version of Office, which has been renamed to Microsoft 365 Family as part of Microsoft's annual Sowing of the Confusion ceremony. https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/micr...y/cfq7ttc0k5dm

The Confusion's working, though, because the same product, same price, described here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/micr...t-365-products doesn't include Publisher.

Some of the Business editions include it also, btw.

   
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Packaged in the business and professional versions of Windows? As a demo perhaps.
Tyoo. I didn't mean Windows, I meant Office. Publisher is part of the Enterprise and Pro versions of Office, but it's not included in Office Home & Student or Office Home & Business.

https://softwarekeep.com/help-center...ons-comparison
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>> Tyoo.

Gesundtheit! ;-)

You're right, it doesn't seem to be included in the one-time-purchase versions of Office. And depending on what version of MS's site Google takes you to, may or may not be included in the subscription version.

It's such a confused mess that not even its perpetrator can keep it straight.

IAC, it seems fairly clear that Publisher isn't the tool you need.

   
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IAC, it seems fairly clear that Publisher isn't the tool you need.
It definitely isn't the tool I need. I have it, so I would have been happy to use it. After drawing a complete blank searching the Internet for book templates for Publisher, I started to create one. If it had worked I would have done others, for several standard trim sizes. However, once I had the first one set up, it appeared that Publisher isn't capable of handling multiple chapters. It appeared to me that I would have had to do each chapter individually.

That's just plain stupid, and the reality is that Publisher doesn't seem to offer any better formatting than what I can do directly in Word. And in Word, I can do an entire 800-page book in a single file.

So I gave up on Publisher. But the experience left me wondering what Publisher is supposed to be used for, and what its target audience is. It really is kind of a red-headed step-child of a program.

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