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Brainstorms and Raves Book Recommendations

Within the Recommended Books and Software section you'll find hand-picked, carefully chosen book recommendations and short book reviews for Web site design, CSS, HTML, XHTML, Web standards, color, Web graphics and graphics programs, software recommendations, and more.

  • I personally own many of the books listed at this site, and all books listed have received glowing reviews by recognized experts.
  • Each listing is hand chosen with thought and care to sincerely help visitors in their searches for genuinely helpful books and products on Web site topics.
  • You'll find a variety of writing styles, approaches, and skill levels within the listings. Each person learns differently, has different needs, skill levels, and preferences, so recommendations are made with those things in mind, too.

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Do you have suggestions or recommendations? Do you have a favorite book or several favorites related to Web site design, Web site ownership, running a Web design business, or related topics? What are your thoughts about books already listed here? Please let me know!

Note: This is just a small sampling of the book recommendations that you'll find at my other site, Be sure to check out the larger Recommended Books, too!

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Recommended Books

Featured Book:

 Book cover: The Design of Sites, Second Edition : Patterns, Principles, and Processes for Crafting a Customer-Centered Web Experience. By Douglas K. van Duyne, James A. Landay, Jason I. Hong. Prentice Hall PTR (December 14, 2006). 

Book cover: Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS, by Dan Cederholm.

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Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists  Via Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint Books (July 2006). 

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