Just a quick note about two recent discoveries of interest to book designers:
Best Listing of Stock Image Websites
Book designer Scarlett Rugers has put together what is probably the most comprehensive source of stock image websites on the web. Not only does she include price ranges, types of images, and breadth of selection, she also lists keywords so you can do a quick search on page (command-F in Safari, for instance). Plus Scarlett rates each site on a 1 to 5 scale. Fantastic resource! Thanks to Scarlett for her hard work on this.
The Best Commercial-Use Free Fonts
We just came across a site called FontSquirrel which appears to be kind of Shelfbuzz for typefaces. Here’s how they describe themselves:
Free fonts have met their match. We know how hard it is to find quality freeware that is licensed for commercial work. We’ve done the hard work, hand-selecting these typefaces and presenting them in an easy-to-use format.
As of this writing, FontSquirrel has over 750 typefaces (no, they are not “fonts”) that are licensed for commercial use. This is an important distinction. While there are thousands of free typefaces available online, many of them are not licensed for commercial use. Which means that if you use a typeface that isn’t free for commercial use (like Xtreem from dafont.com below), you must license the typeface in order to use it. All the typefaces at FontSquirrel are free for commercial use, so you can use them for book covers or other products that are offered for sale.