Most well written books in the web design industry can cost a pretty penny. There are a lot of free sites to check on that supply articles and tutorials, but it’s not very often that you’ll find an entire book for free. Here’s a list of some amazing books that offer new insight and experience into the world of web design.
Dive into HTML5 seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine Standards.
Written for web site designers in corporations, government, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions, the book explains established design principles and covers all aspects of web design—from planning to production to maintenance. The guide also shows how these principles apply in web design projects whose primary concerns are information design, interface design, and efficient search and navigation.
For too long typographic style and its accompanying attention to detail have been overlooked by website designers, particularly in body copy. In years gone by this could have been put down to the technology, but now the web has caught up. The advent of much improved browsers, text rendering and high resolution screens, combine to negate technology as an excuse.
The Web Book is a free 350-page book that tells you everything you need to know in order to create a home or business Web site from scratch. It covers everything from registering a domain name and renting some hosting space, to creating your first HTML page, to building full online database applications with PHP and MySQL. It also tells you how to market and promote your site, and how to make money from it.
Web Designer’s Success Guide is the definitive guide to starting your own freelance Web design business. This book gives you step-by-step instructions on how to do things like transition from full-time to self-employment and how to price your services appropriately.
Suggested Reading in the offline world:
“Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug
“Rocket Surgery Made Easy” also by Steve Krug
“Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk
“Making Ideas Happen” by Scott Belsky
“Internet Famous” by Cameron Chapman