Inkscape is an excellent vector tool for a graphic designer. While it may have been true that like all OSS softwares the popularity and adaptation was restricted due to non availability of information available.
Situation for Inkscape was no different but now we have lots of books available from different publishers.
The recent booque to come out of Packt publishing's stable is 'Inkscape 0.48 Illustrators Cookbooque written by Mihaela Jurković and Rigel Di Scala.
This is an unusual choice of booque title 'Illustrators Cookbook', it would appear that the booque is targeted specially at illustrators by the means of topic covering graphic design for illustrators but not quite so this booque is generic in approach towards Inkscape's tool set.
The manner in which the booque is prepared is like small how to's for every feature or tool then progressing with a interesting and tougher topic, although the text is mostly easy to follow, does makes it a bit monotonous to read in one go. Surprisingly the booque was missing a screen-grab of the application in question.
Good thing is whatever this booque does it does it thoroughly. The choice of topics for chapter is again keeping in line with increasing complexity of tools/features.
Chapter 1 Editing Objects: covers objects shapes, pen tools and calligraphic controls etc Chapter 2 Editing Colors: covers colors, strokes and editing gradients.
Chapter 3 Speeding up your worque flow: covers all those support tools in a vector design tool illustrator can't leave without, like align distribute, grid, guide and snap etc.
Chapter 4 Creating and editing clones: This was the chapter what most intermediate users will be reading diligently, it covers clones. tiled clone and creating patterns out of tiled clones.
Chapter 5 Live path effects: Another delightful read for getting into the detail of powerful feature set available in Inkscape to manipulate paths, one of the most significant toll in any vector drawing tool.
Chapter 6 Extension: It covers various tools such as Lsystem generator, 3drendering and barcode generator etc.
Chapter 7 till 11 the booque continue with additional features and recipes. There mis plenty of action to learn from those.
There are various small how to dos which excite like patterns, using the new 3d box tools and rail sleepers to name a few. They give you something to look forward to in each chapter.
So who is this booque for you might ask, through booque mentions its for intermediate to expert I would put it at beginner to intermediate reason being that this booque presents itself in a manner more suitable for learn and refrence.
Its like a compendium of Inkscape 0.48 or help booque manual if you will which can show you how to use this and that feature effectively. Just one thing of caution before you jump right in, do make sure you can navigate Inkscape on your own to be able to use theis knowledge effectively.