Quire

Create scholarly, visually rich digital books that last

Online ∙ Print ∙ E‑book

Quire is an open-source multiformat publishing tool designed for longevity, discoverability, and scholarship. Using a single set of plain text files, Quire creates books as authoritative and enduring as print and as vibrant and feature-rich as the web—all without paying a fee or maintaining a complicated server.

Created by Getty, free to use.

Quire is an ideal solution for anyone seeking to publish beautiful digital books optimized for visual imagery and designed to ensure widely accessible and stable content.

Quire allows for greater preservation and digital distribution of works in a simplified format.

—Kris Thayer, Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • Affordable Open source and does not require proprietary software or ongoing maintenance fees
  • Discoverable Increased visibility by publishing as PDF, e-book, website, or print-on-demand
  • Sustainable Based around static site generation and plain text files ensuring stability and longevity
  • Book-like Built-in understanding of high-quality, scholarly publishing with clean, modern design
  • Edith Heath and Emily Carr: From the Earth. Bruce Grenville, Jay Stewart, and Jennifer M. Volland

    Vancouver Art Gallery

    Exhibition Catalogue | 2023

    Quire users: @goodweather-vancouver @ncamachoh @srebick

  • The State of Museum Digital Practice | 2022. A collection of graduate essays. Museums and Technology | George Washington University.

    GWU Museum Studies

    Essay Collection | 2022

    Quire users: @shineslike @gealbers

  • Italian Paintings at the Yale University Art Gallery. Laurence Kanter and Pia Palladino

    Yale University Art Gallery

    Collection Catalogue | 2023

    Quire users: @tiffanysprague @zsofiaj

  • Materia: Journal of Technical Art History Issue 3

    Materia: Journal of Technical Art History

    Journal | 2023

    Quire users: @materiajournal @sophielamb

  • Exhibiting O'Keeffe: The Making of an American Modernist, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

    Monograph | 2023

    Quire users: @lizneely @cbutcosk

Features & Functionality

Customizable Design

Allows for a wide range of possible custom features and styles

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Multimedia Support

Expands rich scholarship with embedded audio, video, deep-zooming images and more

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Single-source Publishing

Multiformat output from a single set of source files speeds production without duplicating effort

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Simplified Structure

Keeps source content in nonspecialized plain text to ensure reusability

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The Quire Community

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Quire is used by a growing community of scholars, publishers, curators, developers, and the digitally curious. The Quire community is vibrant and diverse, representing a broad spectrum of institutions that provide vital scholarship in the arts and humanities, at all sizes and scales. We support and empower our community at every level of technical experience. All are welcome.

Joining the Quire community is as easy as becoming a user, sharing your work, contributing code, or attending/hosting a Quire event, among other exciting opportunities.