One of the costs to consider if you want to self-publish is the cost of the software. I publish low content books and I use Affinity Publisher to design the books.
Affinity Publisher is great, but it does have a fairly steep learning curve.
However, it is worth persevering and learning how to use it.
What is Affinity Publisher?
Affinity Publisher is a publishing program. With it, you can create single page or multi page documents. It is not a web based program so you will need a Mac or Windows PC or laptop to download and use it.
Affinity Publisher is widely seen as an alternative to InDesign. I have never used InDesign so can’t comment on the similarities, or differences, but I do like using Affinity Publisher.
What Can I Do With Affinity Publisher?
OK, so it is a publishing program but what does that mean? What exactly can you do with Affinity Publisher?
With Affinity Publisher, you can combine words and images in a document. This means you can produce magazines, brochures, and even books.
Now of course you could use Microsoft Word or PowerPoint to produce a document with words and images. Affinity Publisher gives you more functionality and is more professional.
However, I know many people who produce low content books using PowerPoint and they are just as professional as those created with a publishing program. So you can certainly publish low content books without it. But like many things, it is a tool that can make things a bit easier.
Is Affinity Publisher Expensive?
One of the things that puts people off learning tools like InDesign is that they are fairly expensive. I would place Affinity Publisher squarely in the ‘cheap’ camp. It is also one of the rare systems that you can buy for a one off price (at the time of writing).
At the moment, it is less than £50 which is an absolute bargain. You can also take it for a spin with a free trial.
They do quite often have sales, so if you are not in a rush it might be worth waiting to see if you can buy it at a discounted rate. Check to see if they have a Black Friday Sale for example.