More and more I find myself heading over to YouTube.com to keep informed on current publishing and tech issues, learn new tips, jump-start my creativity, or just have a tension-releasing laugh. There are so many people on there generously sharing their talents and know-how. Most of the videos are free (or a free video might be an introduction to a course of instructional videos for which access would have to be paid).

Try to be aware of the upload date on the videos about technology. Since updates and new releases happen so often, it’s a good idea to go to the drop-down filter menu on the search page and choose “sort by upload date” if you’re looking for time-sensitive material.

I originally intended to post just my favorite videos, but you know how it goes—one search led to another to another—and I discovered a few more that I added to my favorites list. So here’s the searches that I like to do paired with an example of a video that I have found helpful, inspirational, or good for a smile.

For watching another book designer’s process:

The Making of a Book Cover: BLAMELESS, by Gail Carriger


Description: See how a book cover gets made in just 2 minutes! Visit Orbitbooks.net and GailCarriger.com for more.

For InDesign and book layout tips:

lynda.com Tutorials | InDesign CS5: Collaborative Workflows with InCopy CS5


Description: An introduction to a course by AnneMarie “Her Geekness” Concepción on http://www.lynda.com.

lynda.com Tutorials | InDesign CS5: Making Interactive Documents


Description: An introduction to a course by David Blatner on http://www.lynda.com.

For typography inspiration:

A Lesson on Typography


Description: What is typography? A nice lesson by from the Vancouver Film School.

For learning about InDesign plug-ins:

Grid Calculator Pro Edition 2.0 (Grid Layout Adobe InDesign Plugin)


Description: A page grid generator plug-in from DesignersBookShop.com

For catching up on sessions at popular conferences:

Digital Book World Conference 2011


Description: Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, on ebook experimentation, the agility of small book publishers, the new definition of publishing, and learning through failure.

Tools of Change Conference 2011


Description: Margaret Atwood (Author), “The Publishing Pie: An Author’s View”

Elizabeth Gilbert: A New Way to Think About Creativity at TED


Description: “Eat, Pray, Love” Author Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses, and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius. Check out more talks on the TED website.

For eReader user experience:

Kindle iPad App Review: Kindle Books On iPad


Description: Here’s the link to the updated iPad review. This video shows the Kindle iPad app in action, going through all the features of the Kindle iPad app. Compare it to other ebook reading apps, such as iBooks, Kobo and B&N, by visiting the link above.

For when I need a smile:

Organizing the Bookcase


Description: Over the weekend Lisa Blonder Ohlenkamp and Sean Ohlenkamp decided to organize the bookcase. It got a little out of hand.

And today one of our own #ePrdctn group members on Twitter, Keith Snyder (@noteon), created a video tutorial quickly styling Word files for InDesign import (in the middle of a deadline, no less). Check it out on his blog.

So those are videos that I am enjoying right now. Let me know in the comments of videos that you have produced or have found that spark your interest.