Better eBook Typography

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Author Chris Jennings’ eBook Typography ($6.99 at Apple’s iBookstore) sets out to help designers have better control over the typography in electronic books. Since most of the changes and enhancements will need to be made in your ePub’s resulting CSS and HTML files instead of in your page layout program, Jennings gives us how-to tips and code snippets, from controlling where page breaks occur to text rendering and creating special effects with text.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Artist’s Guide to GIMP

Photoshop isn’t easy to learn, and neither is GIMP, its open-source, free image-editing competitor. With a native Mac version now available, The Artist’s Guide to Gimp, by Michael J Hammel, should find a broad audience.

This is the first full-color, tutorial-based guide to GIMP, and it succeeds admirably. After a crash course on GIMP’s tools and interface, its tutorials show you exactly how to fix or enhance images, create website graphics, text effects, and the other techniques designers commonly need.

If you’re curious about using GIMP professionally, this is your best resource. 285 pages, $39.95 from No Starch Press.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

The Future of eBooks

If you’re producing eBooks, or thinking about it, get Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, by Hugh McGuire and Brian O’Leary. This collection of current writings by eBook thought leaders is a fast way to leapfrog your brain into thinking correctly about our present and future. For example: social networking inside eBooks?

304 pages, $24.99 from O’Reilly.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

10 Essential Type Books

Maria Popova’s “10 Essential Books on Typography” includes several expected classics, along with some you wouldn’t expect.

If you love fonts, have a look!

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

Free Guide to Self-Publishing eBooks and iPad Apps Now Available

Hey look! Quark released my book to the general public!

I’m as proud as a new father could be…

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Free Guide to Self-Publishing eBooks and iPad Apps Now Available

Jay Nelson Walks Self-Publishers through Creating Digital Publications

DENVER, CO – June 7, 2012 – Quark announced today the availability of a new, free resource for self-publishers from graphic design expert and self-publisher Jay Nelson. Titled “Jay Nelson’s Guide to Self-Publishing,” the comprehensive guide outlines everything self-publishers need to know about getting digital projects, like ePubs and iPad apps, started and finished – without programming. The guide is free in ePub format or as a PDF and can be accessed here: www.quark.com/selfpublish .

“I know from speaking with a broad community of designers, self-publishers, and authors that for many, understanding digital publishing seems like an awfully steep hill to climb, especially if they’ve been focused on print publishing,” said Nelson. “I wanted to create a complete guide that not only gives self-publishers a place to start, but options that are accessible, don’t require programming, and are affordable. I think readers will be relieved to know that it can be a very fun process that leverages tools they are already familiar with and that the costs involved can be managed if you take the right approach.”

With the guide to publishing eBooks and iPad apps, authors and designers working on digital magazines, books, journals, newsletters, and other publications will learn how to:

• Prepare projects properly with the right tools for success
• Create eBooks and get them to the Apple iBookstore
• Publish eMagazines and create iPad apps for the App Store
• Reach a break-even point on costs faster

The guide walks readers through the most popular formats currently in use for digital publications, how to convert or create those publications, and gives a breakdown of their costs. It also describes several ways to distribute and market digital publications. Register to receive it in ePub format or as a PDF here: www.quark.com/selfpublish .

About Jay Nelson
Since 1992, Jay Nelson has enjoyed creating Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news . Earlier in his career, he owned a graphic design studio and training company, and managed both a printing company and a prepress service bureau. Jay contributes regularly to Macworld and Photoshop User magazines, serves as editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and authored the QuarkXPress 7 and 8 training titles for Lynda.com. In his spare time, he leads the Colorado Macintosh User Group (aka Boulder Mac Maniacs) in all manner of madness and mayhem. You can connect with him on Twitter: @jaynelson.

About Quark
Founded in Denver in 1981, Quark’s vision was to create software that would lay the foundation for modern publishing. For 30 years, Quark has delivered on that promise. Quark’s dynamic publishing solutions are setting new standards in automated cross-media publishing by combining the power of XML with flexible layout and design to automate the delivery of customized, intelligent communications across print, the Web, and digital media.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.