The greatly expanded and rewritten Writing In InDesign Second Edition has been released
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Versions available so far
- Spiral-bound premium workbook $19.99
- 7×10 perfect-bound paperback $17.99
- Kindle (with embedded fonts for Fire) $7.99 (Available in the Kindle Lending Library)
What started as a relatively small update turned into a large scale revision when I began adapting my popular Writing In InDesign book to the responses and suggestions I received. I have been pleasantly surprised at all the people who have found this useful. Increasingly I have found that InDesign is the best tool available to enter the new paradigm of on-demand self-publishing in the 21st century. The release of InDesign CS6 has made this position even stronger.
What I want to share with you is a method, an attitude, a ministry of service to the reader which is enabled by the typographic power of InDesign. I am discussing one-person self-publishing, direct communication from author to reader.
One of the wonderful things about the new publishing paradigm is the control we get as artists, authors, and designers over the entire package. A modern book is released in multiple sizes, versions, and formats. The content and design remain fluid as we shape the book while we learn and grow. We can easily adjust content, layout, and presentation of our books after they are released in response to emails, FaceBook friends, tweets, and the whole host of contemporary social networking online.
You can publish directly from your writing! Print, PDF, ePUB, & Kindle
InDesign is the best tool available for authors desiring to control the look and function of their book as you write: print or ebook. There is no better way to help the reader understand what you have to share. From your basic InDesign document(s) you can easily export the best PDFs for print, colored PDFs for reading online or on your iPad, ePUBs for iBooks and Nook, and a Kindle version for Fire and the older versions. No other application has nearly the control over typography.
This book gives you a solid background in typography, page layout, and book design while providing you with the latest instruction on the creation of on-demand books for the best providers (print, ePUB, and Kindle) used by the new generation of self-publishers in the 21st century.
There is great joy and satisfaction in being able to control and direct the look and presentation as create your world in words. Your book becomes a much more meaningful creative experience. Your readers receive the love and attention you send their way. It’s a wonderful way to write!
Experience the joy of creation!
Three areas needed more attention: typography, InDesign graphics, and ePUB & Kindle design
To keep the reading experience comfortable, no matter what the experience level, this additional material was added into eight extensive appendixes.
- A: Basic Typography Part One [60 pages]: Here you get the information you need to use fonts professionally. This covers why and how typesetting (what we do in InDesign) differs from typewriting (what you might do in Word and Office [I don’t use them anymore, at all]).
- B: Setting up styles: Typography Part Two [32 pages]: Here is the conceptual knowledge on how to set up a functional default set of paragraph and character styles, plus an intro to object styles. You’ll modify these for your use.
- B2: A set of default styles [6 pages]: For new book designers, here are step by step instructions for setting up a set of defaults which will get you started. You will modify these many times as you proceed in your book design journey. But, You must start somewhere.
- C: Image production & formats [24 pages]: Why InDesign is a superior illustration program for book illustrations; the difference between vector and bitmap; how to make a graphic in InDesign; how to convert them in Photoshop for use in ebooks; plus, what formats should used and why.
- C2: Cover design [6 pages]: You increasingly need to be concerned about how readable your cover is when reduced to thumbnail size on a Website. This is true of your print covers as well as your ebook covers. Plus, a brief tutorial on a cover design created in InDesign.
- D: Uploading your finished book [17 pages]: This covers step by step procedures at Lulu and Createspace for print books and for downloadable PDFs at Lulu and Scribd with tips and techniques learned.
- E: InDesign and ePUB [29 pages]: Here are design tips and techniques for converting your printed book to a validated ePUB—ready to upload to ebook distributor of choice (or to sell directly). Included is a simple conversion process for the Kindle version of your book.
- F: Repairing the XHTML and CSS [15 pages]: This mainly applies to those of you still using CS5.5 or earlier. Thankfully, it is no longer necessary. If you are in an earlier version, you need much more than what is contained here (I recommend Liz Castro’s EPUB Straight to the Point). For those of you comfortable in these two coding languages, here are simple, generalized instructions on how to crack open your ePUB and make it fancy.
- Does book design really matter? (hackberry-fonts.com)
- Book Typography: Part Zero: The new book publishing paradigm (hackberry-fonts.com)