Arguably the best web book there is,
This review is from: Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
I have had three copies of this book 'borrowed' from my office, which is why I have had to, yet again, replace my main copy. It is simply the best ready reference, by-your-side book on creating, updating, refreshing and building basic web sites that has ever been written. And the 2nd edition is STILL the best. The first edition was good, the second is wonderful and frankly I am rather glad that my recent third edition was nicked, because it gave me back the chance to re-buy a second edition, which is much better - even though slightly out of date.
In Terry Prachett's Unseen University Library, all the most interesting grimoires and other major tomes are chained to their reading desks by the Librarian - an Urang Utang. Quite frankly one would need a strong monkey to punch a hole through this 620 page document, and you'ld likely lose a few bits of key info in doing it, since this book is crammed full of useful materials, but if that what it takes to save this copy going 'walkabout' then I might just have to search for the services of a big ape.
Don't be confused, I've got a copy of HTML & XHTML Pocket Reference (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))on my Kindle and that is brilliant for ready-reference at a Client's site or when you need to get info quickly, and is a lot cheaper than this excellent publication. But this book, Web Design in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference, is just so much more than purely an HTML primer, it contains examples, code snippets, colour grids - just everything that is required by all designers and in such a convenient format.
It is SO good I can even forgive the dreadful American 'English' spelling (color, analog etc) which is a really big deal for a properly trained English speaker, but this book, almost uniquely in stuff created by a transatlantic colonist, is forgivable in that sense, simply because it it so marvellous in every other.