45+ Useful Yet Free eBooks For Designers And Developers

Internet has made the world of knowledge and information so much open than it ever had before. With thousands of tutorials available online and proper standards in place, it just takes few days of study to master even the most complicated skills.

Designing community always require useful resources and new techniques to bring novelty in their designs. Here, we are showcasing an incredibly useful collection of 45+ free e-books that every designer and developer must read. We hope that you will learn some new techniques and get help in mastering your own area of expertise. Enjoy!

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Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML

A learner’s guide to creating standards-based Web pages.

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How To Be Creative

MacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative, gives his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative. Each point illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself. If you’ve ever felt the draw to do something creative but just haven’t been able to pull it together, you’ll love this manifesto.

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Web Designers Success Guide (PDF)

Web Designer’s Success Guide is the definitive guide to starting your own freelance Web design business.

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Design Your Imagination

WebGuru is glad to offer an ebook named “Design Your Imagination”; a one stop resource for the beginners and learners of website design. Though this e-book is mainly targeted for the beginners of website design, it might prove helpful for the experienced web designers as well.

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HTML5 WTF?

From Simon Schoeters, the author: Yet another overview of the changes introduced by HTML5. How does it look like? What is sexy? What is sexy? This presentation, that’s what.

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HTML & XHTML

The definitive guide to HTML & XHTML.

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JavaScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner

For the Absolute Beginner, No Experience Required

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Pro Drupal Development

Learn how to use the content management framework to create powerful customized web sites.

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Web design in a Nutshell

Completely revised for standards compliance, including CSS 2.1 and XHTML 1.0.

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Using XHTML

Molly Holzschlag has her finger on the pulse of what web developers need to know. And small wonder, she has been working in the trenches herself for years.

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Joomla!

Building a Successful Joomla, Powered Website

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Up to Speed on HTML 5 and CSS 3

A presentation to Refresh DC about the emerging HTML 5 and CSS 3 standards, namely about aspects that are beginning to become applicable to web design and development.

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Faster, and More Secure Webfonts

Font embedding for the web is a great step in making the web look better and become more functional, but what about security and load times?
Bram Pitoyo’s slide deck takes the top layer off font embedding and shows us how things work, and ultimately how to improve performance and make it more secure.

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20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web

What’s a cookie? How do I protect myself on the web? And most importantly: What happens if a truck runs over my laptop?
For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, read on.

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Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design (HTML)

Accessibility is designing products so that people with disabilities can use them. Accessibility makes user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable by people with a wide range of abilities, and people in a wide range of circumstances, environments, and conditions. Thus accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, and organizations that develop accessible products.

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Web Style Guide: 3rd Edition (HTML)

Basic Design Principles for Creating Web Sites

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Type Classification eBook

This book has been made to help you learn the 10 broad classifications of type. These are the basic foundations of what you need to learn to learn typography and it is essential for any designer to know how to classify type.

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Time Management for Creative People

It’s subtitled ‘Manage the Mundane – Create the Extraordinary’ as it’s designed to help you maintain your creative focus while dealing with your other commitments.

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Forty’s Pocket Guide to SEO

Quick reference for SEO terms and phrases.

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Taking Your Talent to the Web

Rated Five Stars at Amazon.com since the day it was published, “Taking Your Talent to the Web” is now a free downloadable book from zeldman.com

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The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design

Are you a professional designer? Would you like a process to create more consistently creative work which distinguishes itself from the work of your peers?
Would you like a process which would help translate the often vague, unclear wishes of your clients (and yourself, for that matter) into a clear and solid basis for your design? This manifesto will show you how.

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The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web (HTML)

A practical guide to web typography.

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Design Patterns

Essential JavaScript And jQuery Design Patterns – A Free New Book

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Why design?

The booklet is written to provide some core messages for which we can create a common chorus. It defines the power of Designing, a larger concept that includes strategy as well as artifacts across a variety of disciplines.

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The Woork Handbook

The Woork Handbook is a free eBook about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design… directly from Woork.

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A Concise Guide to Archiving for Designers

In 10 short chapters the guide provides designers with the proper ways to store and describe their collections.

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Getting Real

Discover the smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web-based application. A book by 37 signals.

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Lateral Action

Freedom, Money, Time,Key to Creative Success

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Dive Into HTML5

Dive Into HTML5 seeks to elaborate on a hand-picked Selection of features from the HTML5 specification and other fine Standards.

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Scribd in HTML5

As fans of HTML5 and its possibilities for the web, it’s nice to see major sites like Scribd jump on board the train and push it forward. Your move, Slideshare.

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Learning PHP 5

A pain free introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites.

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HTML5 Quick Learning Guide

This guide introduces you to just the main elements of HTML5 that you’ll probably want to use right away. This guide is for those who want to get the basics figured out first, and worry about the finer details later on.

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Dive Into Accessibility

This book answers two questions. The first question is “Why should I make my web site more accessible?” If you do not have a web site, this book is not for you. The second question is “How can I make my web site more accessible?” If you are not convinced by the first answer, you will not be interested in the second.

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Eloquent JavaScript

Eloquent JavaScript is a book providing an introduction to the JavaScript programming language and programming in general.

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Search User Interfaces

This book presents the state of the art of search interface design, based on both academic research and deployment in commercial systems.

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Access by Design Online

A universal design approach to web usability.

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Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines

Throughout your Web design or redesign project, you should take advantage of what is already known about best practices for each step of the process. The Research-Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines, compiled through an extensive process of research and review, bring you those best practices.

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Practical PHP Programming

In this eBook you’re about to learn to use the most powerful web development language that can be found, and, what’s more, you will do so with the minimum of fuss.

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HTML

A Beginner’s Guide to HTML.

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Knock Knock

Knock Knock is now available for you to read for free. It’s a short take on how to use the new online marketing tools to make any website work more effectively.

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CSS Cookbook

Quick Solutions to Common CSS Problems.

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Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

Cascading style sheets (CSS) are the modern standard for website presentation. When combined with a structural markup language such as HTML, XHTML, or XML (though not limited to these), cascading style sheets provide Internet browsers with the information that enables them to present all the visual aspects of a web document.

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Ajax Design Patterns

Creating Web 2.0 Sites with Programming and Usability Patterns.

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Flash 8: Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity

Projects for Learning Animation and Interactivity.

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Ruby on Rails: Up and Running

Lighting Fast Web Development

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Essential ActionScript 3.0

Action Script 3.0 Programming Fundamentals.

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Foundations of Ajax

The expert’s Voice in Web Development.

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