Rethinking communication and information design

David Sless of the Communication Research Institute (in Australia) is publishing a series of blog posts on the topic of rethinking communication and information design: the big shift. The series starts here and contains much food for thought.

Posted in Information design

New book: Self-publishing using LibreOffice

Self-Publishing using LibreOffice WriterSelf-Publishing using LibreOffice Writer:
How to use free software to write, design, and create PDFs for print-on-demand books

You don’t need expensive software to write, design, and create PDFs for self-published, print-on-demand books. LibreOffice Writer is free, easy to use, and has powerful page layout features suitable for producing books such as novels and short story or poetry collections. This book explains how to write, edit, and design a book; lay out the pages using styles and templates; build a table of contents and index; include pictures, graphics, and special effects; and create a PDF for submission to POD services.

Printed copies are available from for US$15.37. Pay at

Download PDF here. Cost is US$5.00, on the honor system. Please pay using the button below (Paypal or credit card). This book has no DRM; you may copy it onto as many of your devices as you wish. If you buy a printed copy, you are welcome to a free copy of the PDF.

Posted in Books, LibreOffice

Social media trends

Reading The Can’t-Miss Social Media Trends For 2013 reminds me how thoroughly behind I am on planning and implementing my personal use of social media for anything other than enjoyable goofing off. “Personal use” for me includes the groups for which I do volunteer work as well as things like this website.

7 Must Have Social Media Business Tools for Influence, Authority and Time Management is a related article. I am familiar with only one of the tools mentioned (Tweetdeck) although I may have heard of one or two of the others. I suspect this means I’m hopelessly behind the times.

Posted in Skills, Social media

Talk at LibreOffice Conference 2012

The slides from my talk “LibreOffice User Documentation: Successes and Challenges” are available from my website in ODP and PDF formats.

Presented at the LibreOffice Conference, Berlin, October 2012.

Posted in Conferences, LibreOffice, Tools & technology

Talk at OpenHelp Conference

I presented a talk about LibreOffice documentation at this conference:

Open Help Conference & Sprints
I did not produce any slides for this talk. My rough notes are here: OpenHelp Talk (PDF).

Posted in Conferences, LibreOffice, Tools & technology
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