You don't need prior vector editing knowledge to start unpacking the Inkscape experience through these 109 recipes. Each contains carefully crafted steps on how to jump straight in and use tools to achieve basic as well as complex effects. All original Inkscape files can be downloaded with the book. Make sure you don't miss out on this, working through these files shortens your learning time! Examples enable you to not only see more steps than fit inside the book but also to select, analyze, edit objects and effortlessly memorize the editing flow.
Also join a very vibrant and helpful Inkscape community (there's always someone awake to help on mailing lists, forum, and IRC). And if you find yourself drawing and designing often or want to spend such quality time, become a tester and in one fell swoop get access to the latest bleeding edge of Inkscape development features and help speed up the new version release.
Besides helping with Inkscape development you can also influence the development of SVG as a standard. If you're strongly opinionated about how artistic and technical should meet join the Inkscape community and let your voice be heard!
Take a look below at the gallery of some of the screenshots from the book. These are only a small preview of the files accompanying recipes.