Also check this book:
InDesign CS6: Visual QuickStart Guide
by: Sandee Cohen
Don't know a thing about the first book, but looking at the sample online I see that every time they mention the double arrow to expand or contract a panel they have the wrong symbol. Not enough in the sample to be able to tell if the book is any good, though.
I used to teach ID using the classroom in a book for CS3 and CS4 when I was teaching. They were the best "textbook" style books I could find at the time for beginners, but were full of what I call teachable moments -- errors or omissions, basdly made sample files, and so forth. Have not read the CS6 version, but based on past experience I'm not sure I'd recommend the series to anyone who doesn't have some live guidance as well (you can ask questions here, of course, but if nobody has the book, it makes it a bit harder to see what you were doing and where you might have gone astray).
I'll second the suggestion of Sandee's book. It's pretty uninversally regarded as the best beginner book out there. For video training, Lynda.com.
If you are totally new to graphic design, you might want to get my book "from Design into Print"
It's a full course in understanding print production.
Also, ifyou get the VQS, you get my email in the intro and you can email me with any questions.
Best of luck,
Here's my recommended reading list:
You might also consider checking out Lynda.com. Here's a link for a free
one week trial: http://bit.ly/RS0GXs
Good luck and happy InDesigning!
Thank you for the suggestion. I will look into this one.
Thank you for the detailed response! I really appreciate it. I do have two designers for whom I work that I can go to with questions, but am looking for a guide to help me as neither has the time to teach me everything I need to know!
Thanks for the intel on the books, and I will look into Sandee's book!
Thank you! I really appreciate the suggestion. I mostly am supporting full-time designers, but figure the more I know, the better I will be able to support them. I will look into both books!
Awesome! Thanks for the links! The people for whom I work have guided me to Lynda.com as well. I just need a hard copy reference book to go along with those tutorials. Thanks again!
Keep in mind that this forum is also a great resource even though Peter
is cutting back to 23 hours a day.
You indicated that you wanted a book to go along with online training. You may want to look at DigitalClassroom.com which has hundreds of InDesign video training tutorials along with lesson files and also access to the InDesign Digitial Classroom book (full disclosure, I'm the author of this book). Or you can pick up the book separately. The book's approach is step-by-step, and includes lesson files and video tutorials. The target audience is someone just starting out and is looking to get up-and-running quickly with the key capabilities.
Depending upon where you are located, you may want to also consider live InDesign Classes. There's a number of really good instructors out there (some are even on this thread), and some live courses are even offered remotely as well. Welcome to the InDesign community!