on October 26, 2011
One thing striked me upon opening the book - it's beautiful. Great care has obviously been spent in layout and typesetting of this book, this is a HUGE incentive to actually read the thing, as it silently proves the importance of proper typesetting. All too often books on typesetting or design look just 'ok' - nothing really that special though, which makes you wonder about the authors experience. For that reason you will also want to make sure you get the dead-tree edition and not an electronic edition (if it even exists)! The book contains lots of examples that would also get lost in electronic I think such as type set at different line spacing, different resolutions, and different sizes.
The book makes both an excellent introduction and reference book. Perhaps there are more advanced books around, but I would say anything more elementary is a waste of money. Not that this book is basic, but simply is written in such a manner that it doesn't require you to know too much.
Is written in a very program-agnostic manner; instead provides the relevant information which you can look up in the reference for your software. Too many books waste space by putting program-specific instructions that are outdated by the time it goes to press anyway, so it's nice he ignores that temptation! The author also occasionally has some choice words for how current programs work, which keeps the book from getting too dry as he doesn't hide his personality.
Great buy, will not regret.