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I don't think this is self-serving, but you might want to check out
Desktop Publishing by Design by Microsoft Press (ISBN: 1-57231-237-8).
It is as much a design book (if not more), than a PageMaker book. It
includes sections on design, types of publications, PageMaker basics, and
a section with ten hands-on project. It includes a CD-ROM with various
templates and other source files.
I think is is a great practical book and I would have bought one even
if the authors hadn't included a handful of designs (as examples) from
our visual design department (among hundreds of examples from the "real"