“How-To LAYOUT books” for authors using Adobe products?

Explorer ,
Nov 16, 2017

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What a great resource the Adobe Community can be! Tough, technical, detail-specific challenges receive multiple responses--plus even humor and encouragement! Many Community questions/answers are well crafted, application-specific, and well focused.

  I have more big-picture, macro questions. I’m editing/revising/rewriting about 10 Chapters of my draft book. My rewrite incorporates (what I consider) major graphic design elements, color and clip-art into my draft book. I’m considering both digital and printed versions of the book.

    Valerie Kirschenbaum’s book “Goodbye Gutenberg” is my springboard for ideas. Her book considers a younger, ever-changing market to be more responsive to a designer-writer approach--authors who incorporate art, color and layout variety to enhance their written message. I imagine that now also includes audio and video for books! 

    I’m a Mac-user. I’ve been using Indesign and Photoshop for years, plus VERY simple projects in Illustrator. 

    BUT now I’m attempting to layout, design and write my whole BOOK! I’ve picked Adobe products as my project tools, hoping my overall end product will be flexible, editable and technically robust enough for today’s changing market demands.  

   • What’s your experience with this?

   • Are there “How-To LAYOUT books” for wordsmiths you’ve found helpful? I’m looking for a Scott Kelby/Deke McClellan-type book that takes one from start-to-finish book addressing how-to, practical Adobe printing and digital details as it relates to authors/editors.

    • Also any Community observations/experiences about online editing, revisions including highlighting, mark-ups, etc? At which available sites is being done? For many, this online editing area may be yesterday’s news and obvious—not for a relative newbie!

Thank for ALL responses—laughter and head-shaking also is welcome!

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Adobe Community Professional , Nov 18, 2017
jane-e Adobe Community Professional , Nov 18, 2017
https://forums.adobe.com/people/Stephen+Lippert  wrote...I’m considering both digital and printed versions of the book....BUT now I’m attempting to layout, design and write my whole BOOK! ...   • Are there “How-To LAYOUT books” for wordsmiths you’ve found helpful?    • Thank for ALL responses—laughter and head-shaking also is welcome!What you are looking for is the Print + Digital Publishing conference run by InDesign Secretshttp://pepcon.com/It includes a PDF handout of all of the materials plu...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 17, 2017

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Ask your publisher what they require.

E-BOOKS:

Amazon Kindle Publishing Guidelines (pdf)

https://kindlegen.s3.amazonaws.com/AmazonKindlePublishingGuidelines.pdf

Google Play Android EPub & PDF Guidelines

EPUB files - Books Help

Files and uploading overview - Books Help

Best Adobe Products for creating e-Books:

InDesign and Dreamweaver.

https://design.tutsplus.com/tutorials/how-to-create-an-ebook-in-adobe-indesign--cms-28551

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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Explorer ,
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Thanks Nancy for these leads! Will also delve into utube videos.

This subject area could become both an invaluable book for authors--AND an excellent introduction for new users into Adobe's CC products. Hope there's a tech author that grabs the idea. "Here's How I Used Adobe's Creative Suite to Write This Book"

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I hope you mean Creative Cloud

Legacy Creative Suite is no more.

Nancy O'Shea, ACP
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Creative Pro and Pepcon look like GREAT, well-focused conferences. Thanks!

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Stephen, you will love these conferences with Anne-Marie Concepción and David Blatner!

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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Stephen+Lippert  wrote

...I’m considering both digital and printed versions of the book....BUT now I’m attempting to layout, design and write my whole BOOK! ...

   • Are there “How-To LAYOUT books” for wordsmiths you’ve found helpful?

    • Thank for ALL responses—laughter and head-shaking also is welcome!

What you are looking for is the Print + Digital Publishing conference run by InDesign Secrets
http://pepcon.com/

It includes a PDF handout of all of the materials plus access to the videos afterwards.

This is part of Creative Pro Week, which includes conferences on InDesign and on PS/AI.

https://creativeproweek.com/

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