After discovering A List Apart shortly after I began freelancing, I had been meaning to get their series of web books but it wasn’t until Black Friday that I scored the full package of ebooks for $38 or something like that – a great deal! You can actually score the same deal now, the whole bundle for 30% off, for the holidays, just go to A Book Apart and you can get your own! In fact, I would highly suggest you not only get it for yourself but your web friends and family too! And they don’t just come in ebook format, you can order the paperbacks or both (for more $$ of course). These books are really concise and such an easy read and they’re written by some of the best names in the web right now. The books themselves are not very big at all so you can read it front to back in an afternoon. I would have gotten both the ebook and the paperback except my apartment is small and I’m up to my ears in physical books already, though had I known how small they were I would have sprung for the paperbacks too.
The full bundle gets you six books:
No.1 HTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy Keith
No.2 CSS3 for Web Designers by Dan Cederholm
No.3 The Elements of Content Strategy by Erin Kissane
No.4 Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte
No.5 Designing for Emotion by Aaron Walter
No.6 Mobile First by Luke Wroblewski
I’m a little behind on my reading so I’ve only read books 1 and 2 but they were fantastic! I can’t wait to read the others.
I haven’t been familiar with some of the major players in the web until this year but Jeremy Keith is an excellent writer! The HTML5 for Web Designers book was a really fun read. He has such character when he writes that it feels like Jeremy’s right there explaining HTML5 to you. Read it out loud. Seriously. He has a way of writing that is infused with humour without muddying the content. Even his headlines are good for a few chuckles. It’s very playful in a way that gets you to remember the content and the take aways. The book is a great introduction to HTML5 and Jeremy is quick to tell you that you can start using HTML5 now, not when it’s specifications are completely flushed out (who knows when that would be). He also breaks down the history of HTML in a short and concise manner that is very insightful. I’ve followed the development of the web but the logistics and chaos surrounding the standardizing of the web has always confused me and Jeremy cleared all that up in a few pages. I learned a great deal from this book and enjoyed an afternoon with education and laughter.
Dan Cederholm has written many books and with book No.2 in this bundle he does an excellent job of introducing CSS3. Dan actually walks you through an example website that he’s created and the example is fun in concept and in execution which gets you really excited about what CSS3 can do.
It’s very simple to following his examples and for you to use them for your own projects now. Dan doesn’t cover all of the CSS3 features but he covers the basics and introduces you to the anticipated features.
All in all, these books have taught me a lot and clarified some of my earlier assumptions. I’m really excited to read the rest of the books… Next up is No.3!