MS Publisher (now Microsoft Office Publisher) will give you quite good page layout and design features and it’s free; but only works on Windows.
Thank you. I will look at it.
The industry standards these days are InDesign and QuarkXpress, with ID probably the most popular right now. Before you invest a lot of time in Publisher, talk to your printer about it.
I could only find the Publisher as a free trial for 60 days. Then when
the down load was complete, I could not use the product without a
registration number which was not provided by the two sites offering the 60
free trial. I will try some other sites to try to find one that will work
for me. Even a trial period will let me know if I like the product.
You could take a look at Openoffice.org from Oracle which is also free. I often use it to turn my word processing documents into PDF files with photos.
The Writer module is a basic word processing and publishing program which can be used for creating books. Open Office is also compatible with many other leading software programs but you would need to check that your proposed publisher could use it before you start any detailed work.
It’s free to download and you can install all modules e.g. spreadsheets, database, drawing, presentations or just the module you want.