While you’re designing your book, you’ll find these resources come in very handy.
Communication Arts – covering graphic design in all its forms—in our opinion, simply the best place to find design inspiration
InDesignSecrets – free online newsletter that answers readers’ questions and offers tips and new ways to use InDesign
CreativePro – similar to InDesign Secrets but relates to the entire Adobe Creative Suite
Lynda.com – online training for the most popular Adobe products, including InDesign, of course
Adobe – Adobe’s free online tutorials, accessible through the Creative Cloud interface. Hint: InDesign has the same tools and works the same way as Adobe Illustrator for drawing, so if you need to learn about drawing, try Illustrator tutorials. Similarly, if you need to learn about images, try Photoshop tutorials.
Rocky Mountain Training – Paid interactive training with Adobe Certified Instructors. Also an excellent blog covering all kinds of InDesign (and other Adobe product) topics, both basic and advanced.
INDESIGN PLUG-INS AND ADD-ONS
Plug-ins World – hundreds of plug-ins for all kinds of functions
MathMagic – an equation editor for InDesign
Movemen – solutions for mathematic, scientific and financial equations
Proper Fraction 2 – easily make fractions using even non-OpenType fonts
Adobe help – how to install and use plug-ins
Butterick’s Practical Typography – an inviting site that explains basic typography
GRAMMAR AND TYPESETTING CONVENTIONS
The Chicago Manual of Style – subscribe, or get the first 30 days free
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation – instant, free grammar checker
Recipes into Type by Joan Whitman and Dolores Simon – a guide to editing recipes. Ask for it in your local bookstore or online.
FONTS: IDENTIFYING AND PURCHASING THEM
Identifont – identify a font you admire by appearance, name, or similarity
Font Shop – a great place to shop for fonts, and check out their blog too
My Fonts – another great font store, plus you can identify a font by uploading an image to their “What The Font” page
Fonts.com – another good place to shop for fonts, and they have frequent sales
TRANSFERRING AND STORING DIGITAL FILES
Dropbox – a popular service for saving and sharing files in the cloud
Email Large Files – free transfer of files that are too large to email
iStock Photo – just enter a word or phrase in the keyword search box, and away you go! You can save images in a lightbox to keep track of the images you’re interested in.
RGB Stock – all images on RGB Stock are free for personal and commercial use. You may use them in digital format on websites, blogs, multimedia presentations, broadcast film and video or in printed material such as magazines, books, brochures, flyers and text books.
Can Stock Photo – offers professional royalty free stock photos at reasonable prices. High-quality images start at just $1.00, and their license agreement gives you flexibility.
First Light – represents over 200 of its own photographers, and in combination with Design Pics Canadian based photographers, has the most extensive collection of Canadian content available anywhere.
Foto Search – provides high-quality images to creative professionals for use in their designs and presentations
Getty Images – a leading provider of digital media worldwide, creating and distributing a range of assets—from royalty-free stock photography and editorial images to video, music and multimedia
Image Zoo – specializing in royalty-free stock illustrations, rights managed and custom illustrations from hundreds of artists in all different styles
Masterfile – buy photos, vectors and illustrations for web, mobile and print
Morguefile – free photos with no strings attached
Wikimedia Commons – free images in the public domain; excellent for historical events, famous people, etc.
OBTAINING BAR CODES
Create Bar Codes – download a high-resolution EAN Bookland bar code for $10 USD
OBTAINING CIP DATA
www.CIPblock.com – (U.S.) get cataloging-in-publication data from a private source
WEBSITES FOR AUTHORS
DIY Author – websites for authors, among other services
Jimdo.com – based in Germany with a U.S. branch. Website made from templates plus hosting for authors with reasonable pricing
Nodebud Authors – custom designed author websites
eBook DesignWorks – eBook conversion and design service