This year, I participated in SOFOBOMO 2011 and successfully made (photographed, edited, processed and created ) a pdf ebook within 31 days. The book is called \”After Sunset” and is available as a free download here:After Sunset PDF Ebook.
When I signed up for the project, a few months before the challenge period started, I started looking into the hows and whys of pdf publishing and I found a bunch of resources online. I tried to read up / listen up on how to sequence and edit a photo book, what are the considerations for making a pdf ebook for various monitors and devices and what software to use.
For my desktop publishing software, I found a bunch : Adobe InDesign, Quark Xpress, Scribusâ€¦etc. I decided to use Scribus – for the reason that it is a open source software and is available for free.
Here is a list of resources I used:
1. PDF Publishing Workshop – A Visual Workshop from Lenswork – $99
This is a DVD I had purchased about a year ago. It has many hours worth of video tutorials about almost all aspects you can think of – on the topic of making a pdf publication. It takes a novice step by step – from what to consider when making a pdf publication to how to use Adobe InDesign to do that to and how to polish it up for a professional look. Though most of the tutorial is on InDesign, I found many of the concepts useful when using Scribus. I kept going back again and again to some of the basic concepts – like what document size to use, image resolution etc.
2. Mat Thorne video tutorial on Blurb: How to Sequence and Design Your Next Book Like Pro: An Insider\’s Guide – Free (56:09) from Blurb.com
\”Pro photographer and book designer Mat Thorne presents an introduction to book design principals. This webinar covers an overview of typography, essentials of cover design, and laying out front & back matter. Mat also shares examples and offers inspiration from published photography books.\”
I highly recommend spending the time to se this excellent video tutorial.
3. Mat Thorne\’s Video tutorial Part 2 : Free (1:07) from Blurb.com
The Part II of mat\’s tutorial is another hour, but it is another hour I found totally worth the investment.
4. Scribus tutorials from the Wiki Site – Free
This is the only resource I did not use when making my pdf – I cam ecaross these tutorials when writing this post. It seemed too goo a resource not to list.
5. Video tutorials on the basics of using Scribus on showmedo. – Free
I viewed the first few tutorials here and they helped me quite a bit in becoming familiar with Scribus.
6. The Non-Designer\’s Design Book by Robin Williams – $19.99 on Amazon.com, Free from your public library
This is a very easy to read fun book on book designing, as the name suggests. The concepts I read here help not only in designing ebooks, but also pamphlets, powerpoint presentations and other visual media. I highly suggest borrowing this book from your library and reading it.
That ends the compilation. If you have any other resources you recommend, do drop me a note.