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We keep track of the most popular book purchases and software purchases from amazon.com via Brainstorms and Raves and my other site, WebsiteTips.com, based on the number of purchases via these two sites. There are books on CSS, Web design, HTML, XHTML, PHP, MySQL, Web standards, information architecture, usability, accessibility, typography, writing for the Web, and more.

Listed below are the current* most popular books purchased via Brainstorms and Raves and WebsiteTips.com. The most purchased are at the top.

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Top Twelve Most Popular Books - All Categories*

  •  Cover - CSS Mastery. by Andy Budd, Simon Collison, Cameron Moll. 02-2006. 
  •  Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint (07-2006). 
  •  Transcending CSS. by Andy Clarke, Molly Holzschlag. 
  • Web ReDesign 2.0. 2nd Ed. Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler. 2004 
  •  CSS: The Missing Manual. by David Sawyer McFarland. O'Reilly (08-2006). 
  •  Cover - Adobe Illustrator CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques. by David Karlins, Bruce K. Hopkins. Adobe Press (June 25, 2007). 
  • Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual. by David Sawyer McFarland. Pogue Press (June 22, 2007).
  • Cover: Killer Web Content: Make the Sale, Deliver the Service, Build the Brand. By Gerry McGovern.
  •  Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One. By Deke McClelland. O'Reilly Media, Inc. Rev Ed edition (June 15, 2007) - amazon.com info 
  •  Don't Make Me Think : A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition), by Steve Krug. Published by New Riders Press (August 18, 2005). 
  • Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works, by Janice Redish. Morgan Kaufmann (6-11-2007) 
  •  Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers. by Scott Kelby. New Riders (8-15-2007). 

Most Popular CSS Books*

  •  Cover - CSS Mastery. by Andy Budd, Simon Collison, Cameron Moll. 02-2006. 
  •  Transcending CSS. by Andy Clarke, Molly Holzschlag. 
  •  CSS: The Missing Manual. by David Sawyer McFarland. O'Reilly (08-2006). 
  • CSS: The Definitive Guide, 3rd Ed. by Eric Meyer. O'Reilly (11-2006). 
  • The Zen of CSS Design, by Dave Shea, Molly E. Holzschlag. Peachpit 12-2004.
  • Book cover: The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks, Practical Solutions to Common Problems, by Rachel Andrew
  •  More Eric Meyer on CSS, by Eric Meyer. Published by New Riders, 2004. 
  •  CSS Web Site Design. By Eric Meyer. Peachpit Bk/CD-Rom (11-09-2006). 
  • Stylin' with CSS: A Designer's Guide, by Charles Wyke-Smith. New Riders (April 2005).
  • Cover - The Ultimate CSS Reference, by Tommy Olsson, Paul O'Brien. Sitepoint (02-2008).
  • Beginning CSS Web Development. by Simon Collison.
  •  Pro CSS Techniques, by Jeff Croft, Ian Lloyd, Dan Rubin. Apress (11-27-2006 

Most Popular HTML, XHTML, Web Standards Books (excluding the above CSS Books)*

  •  Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint (07-2006). 
  • Book cover: Designing for Web Standards, 2nd Ed., by Jeffrey Zeldman.
  • HTML Dog: The Best-Practice Guide to XHTML and CSS, by Patrick Griffiths. New Riders, Nov. 2006.
  • Build Your Own Web Site the Right Way Using HTML & CSS, by Ian Lloyd. SitePoint (May 2, 2006) 
  •  Book cover: Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS, Second Edition, by Dan Cederholm. New Riders (August 1, 2007). 
  • HTML and XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Sixth Edition, by Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy. O'Reilly (October 17, 2006)
  •  Cover - HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference. By Jennifer Niederst Robbins. O'Reilly. 3rd ed. (5-8-2006).. 
  • Book cover: HTML, XHTML, and CSS, Sixth Edition: Visual QuickStart Guide, by Elizabeth Castro. Peachpit, August 2006.
  • Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML (Head First) by Eric Freeman, Elisabeth Freeman. O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 1 edition (December 8, 2005).

Most Popular Dreamweaver Books*

  • Dreamweaver CS3: The Missing Manual. by David Sawyer McFarland. Pogue Press (June 22, 2007).
  • Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS3. by Stephanie Sullivan, Greg Rewis. New Riders (7-16-2007). 
  •  Cover - Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 How-Tos: 150 Essential Techniques. by David Karlins. Adobe Press (May 24, 2007). 
  • COVER: The Essential Guide to Dreamweaver CS3 with CSS, Ajax, and PHP. by David Powers. friends of ED (7-22-2007) 
  • Book cover: Creating a Web Site in Dreamweaver CS3: Visual QuickProject Guide, by Nolan Hester. Peachpit (June 22, 2007).

Most Popular Web Accessibility, Information Architecture, and Usability Books*

  •  Don't Make Me Think : A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (2nd Edition), by Steve Krug. Published by New Riders Press (August 18, 2005). 
  • Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance, by Andrew Kirkpatrick, et al. Friends of ED (07-2006) 
  • COVER: Web Site Usability Handbook. by David Powers. by Mark Pearrow. Charles River Media; 2nd ed. (10-2-2006) 
  •  Cover: Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed, By Jakob Nielsen and Marie Tahir. New Riders (November 5, 2001) 
  •  Cover: Information Architecture, 3rd Ed. by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville. O'Reilly (November 27, 2006) 

Most Popular AJAX, JavaScript, PHP, Regular Expressions, Web 2.0 Books*

  •   Ajax for Web Application Developers, by Kris Hadlock. Sams (11-9-2006). 
  • PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide (2nd Edition). By Larry Ullman. Peachpit Press (June 21, 2005).
  • Practical JavaScript, DOM Scripting and Ajax Projects, by Frank Zammetti. Apress (04-16-2007). 
  • Cover - Beginning PHP and MySQL 5: From Novice to Professional, 2nd. ed. Apress; (01-23-2006) 
  • Professional Web 2.0 Programming. van der Vlist, Ayers, Bruchez, Fawcett, Vernet. Wrox 11-2006. 
  •  Cover - AJAX and PHP: Building Responsive Web Applications. by Cristian Darie, Bogdan Brinzarea. Packt Publishing (March 3, 2006) 
  •  Cover - JavaScript and Ajax for the Web, Sixth Edition (Visual QuickStart Guide), by Tom Negrino, Dori Smith. Published by Peachpit Press (August 28, 2006). 
  • Sams Teach Yourself Regular Expressions in 10 Minutes, by Ben Forta. Sams, 1st ed. (Feb. 28, 2004). 

Most Popular Color Books*

  • book cover: The Color Answer Book, by Leatrice Eiseman
  • Cover: Color Design Workbook: A Real-World Guide to Using Color in Graphic Design. By Noreen Morioka, Terry Stone, Sean Adams.
  •  Color Harmony Workbook: A Workbook and Guide to Creative Color Combinations, by Lisa Sawahata 
  •  Color Harmony for the Web: A Guide for Creating Great Color Schemes On-Line, by Cailin Boyle. Rockport Publishers (February 2001). 
  •  Book cover: The Big Book of Color in Design, by David E. Carter 
  • Cover: Real World Color Management, 2nd Ed. Bruce Fraser, Chris Murphy, and Fred Bunting 

Most Popular Creativity Books*

  • Cover - Creativity for Graphic Designers: A Real-World Guide to Idea Generation, by Mark Oldach. North Light Books (4-2000).
  •  How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, by Michael Gelb. Dell (2-8-2000) 

Most Popular Adobe Flash Books*

  •  Flash CS3: The Missing Manual, by E. A. Vander Veer, Chris Grover. Pogue Press - O'Reilly (4-25-2007) 
  • Cover - How to Cheat in Flash CS3: The Art of Design and Animation in Adobe Flash CS3, by Chris Georgenes. Focal Press (8-6-2007) 
  •  Cover: Flash CS3 Professional Advanced for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide, by Russell Chun. 
  •  Cover: Creating a Web Site with Flash CS3 Professional: Visual QuickProject Guide, by David Morris. 

Most Popular Adobe Illustrator Books*

  •  Cover - Adobe Illustrator CS3 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques. by David Karlins, Bruce K. Hopkins. Adobe Press (June 25, 2007). 
  •  Adobe Illustrator CS3 Wow! Book. By Sharon Steuer. Peachpit 09-29-2007 
  •  Adobe Illustrator CS3 Classroom in a Book, by Adobe Creative Team. Adobe Press; Bk&CD-Rom (4-24-2007) 
  • Illustrator CS3 for Windows and Macintosh. By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas. Peachpit (10-29-2007) 
  •  Cover - Real World Adobe Illustrator CS3. by Mordy Golding. Peachpit Press (July 26, 2007). 
  •  Cover - Illustrator CS3 Essential Training (CD-ROM). by Mordy Golding. lynda.com, Inc (May 2, 2007). 

Most Popular Adobe Photoshop Books*

  •  Adobe Photoshop CS3 One-on-One. By Deke McClelland. O'Reilly Media, Inc. Rev Ed edition (June 15, 2007) - amazon.com info 
  • Photoshop CS3 Essential Skills, by Mark Galer, Philip Andrews. Focal Press; Pap/DVD (5-28-2007) 
  •  Adobe Photoshop CS3 Classroom in a Book. Adobe 04-2007 
  •  Adobe Photoshop CS3 for Photographers. by Martin Evening. Focal Press (May 28, 2007) 
  •  Photoshop CS3 Book for Digital Photographers. by Scott Kelby. New Riders (8-15-2007). 
  •  Adobe Photoshop CS3: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks. by Lynette Kent. Visual (9-11-2007). 
  •  Book cover: How to Cheat in Photoshop CS3: The art of creating photorealistic montages, 4th ed., by Steve Caplin 
  •  Cover - Real World Adobe Photoshop CS3. by David Blatner, Conrad Chavez, Bruce Fraser. (Oct 19, 2007). 
  •  Photoshop CS3: Up To Speed. By Ben Willmore. Peachpit (5-18-2007) 
  •  Cover - The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter). by Scott Kelby. New Riders (April 16, 2007). 
  •  Cover - Adobe Photoshop Restoration & Retouching (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) by Katrin Eismann, Wayne Palmer. New Riders Press; (November 17, 2005). 
  • Photoshop CS3 for Windows and Macintosh. By Elaine Weinmann, Peter Lourekas. Peachpit (6-18-2007) 
  •  Photoshop Masking & Compositing. By Katrin Eismann. New Riders (10-8-2004) 
  •  The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers, by Martin Evening Adobe Press (March 13, 2007) - book cover 
  •  Photoshop Channels Book, by Scott Kelby. Peachpit (2-14-2006). 
  • Photoshop CS3 for Nature Photographers. by Ellen Anon, Tim Grey. Sybex (5-14-2007).

Most Popular Typography Books*

  •  Type Addicted (The New Trend of a to Z Typo-Graphics). By Victionary (12-7-2007) 
  • Typography 28- The Annual of the Type Directors Club. by Emily Oberman. Collins Design (12-26-2007) 
  •  Cover - Design with Type. by Carl Dair. University of Toronto Press (June 14, 2000). 
  • Great Web Typography, by Wendy Peck; Wiley Publishers 2003.
  • The The Non-Designer's Type Book, 2nd Ed., By Robin Williams. Peachpit (9-22-2005).
  • Thinking with Type. by Ellen Lupton 
  • Book cover: Logo Font & Lettering Bible, by Leslie Cabarga. 

Most Popular Web Design and Layout Books*

  •  Deliver First Class Web Sites: 101 Essential Checklists, by Shirley Kaiser. SitePoint (07-2006). 
  •  Design of Sites, 2nd Ed. van Duyne, Landay, Hong. Prentice Hall 12-2006. 
  •  Principles of Beautiful Web Design [ILLUSTRATED]. by Jason Beaird. SitePoint (1-31-2007). 
  • Web Style Guide: Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites, Second Edition, by Patrick J. Lynch, Sarah Horton. Published by Yale University Press, March 2002.
  • The Non-Designer's Web Book (3rd Edition), by Robin Williams, John Tollett.

Most Popular Web Design Business, Graphic Design Business Books*

  • COVER: Creating the Perfect Design Brief: How to Manage Design for Strategic Advantage. by Peter L Phillips (2004) 
  •  Cover - Small Business Taxes Made Easy 

Most Popular Web Site Content, Writing for the Web Books*

  • Cover: Killer Web Content: Make the Sale, Deliver the Service, Build the Brand. By Gerry McGovern.
  • Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works, by Janice Redish. Morgan Kaufmann (6-11-2007) 
  • Net Words, by Nick Usborne - book cover
  •  The Web Content Style Guide. By Gerry McGovern, Rob Norton, Catherine O'Dowd. 

See also Amazon.com Best-Selling Web Design, Development Books

*From 01 January, 2008 through July, 2008

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