Are people really able to produce books professionlly with this set of tools? Granted, the kind of things I am doing is probably not the most representative workflow, but I would have expected version 6 of InDesign/version 11 of PS to handle well these simple operations.
My sharpening eBook was done in InDesign. My comprehensive reviews are done in InDesign.
My relationship with InDesign is tolerate/hate. That's up from barely tolerate / outright despise.
CS4 is a big improvement. If you did not use earlier versions, you have no idea how things like Smart Guides help. A LOT. There is stuff that is still clumsy or difficult. For example, keeping lines of text together to avoid widows/orphans. Or, adding non-breaking space. That's off under a flyout menu on the Character palette. Grrr!
I strongly recommend Deke McClelland's book for Adobe Press on InDesign CS4. It saved me a lot of frustration.