For a budding artist and or designer nothing comes close to figuring out every nooque and corner for features and hidden tools in a piece of software.
The book Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers is such a book which such readers will find enjoying simply because it have so much explanation on various features and tools available in Inkscape.
This book starts of by explaining the very basic of Inkscape to users and the way it does will delight the readers who have almost no previous experience to a Vector drawing tool.
Second chapter bring the reader to the main topic of the book designing a website from within Inkscape.
Inkscape offers some very basic set-up for slicing and outputting website code so this does not really conveys much in terms of a tool for a web-designer however the other tools that help him design the various graphic elements required in website are
gradually introduced in following chapters.
Most exciting part is the three chapters on 'T ext Styling', 'Wallpapers and patterns' and 'Building Icons and Logos'. Since these toics are the one which are most important to an graphic designer, the book here offers a good resource for an beginner to an intermediate level designer. It is structured towards learn and practise and the tasks are not difficult at all at the same time they introduce you to the tips and tricks of using Inkscape features and tools effectively.
Finally it alos touches upon Inkscape's geeky side in a chapter that deals with XML Editor in Inkscape. Followed by a small chapter in producing simple animation by combining Gimp into the work-flow and finally a chapter on extending Scribus functionality by Plug-ins and scripts.
A good read mostly for some one looking for innards of Inkscape but not for experienced readers, unless they are turning towards Inkscape after using other vector applications.
One thing that alos needs to be said is that this book is not a thorough web designing guide as almost the title seems to imply rather it provides few very basic website examples and how Inkscape's modest slice tool can be of some help, and while doing so it makes you learn Inkscape well.
All in all a good read, so if you think Inkscape is your thing give it a go you wont find it lacking