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35+ Best Free E-Books for Web Designers And Developers

Are you looking to gain a little experience in web design, coding or typography? There’s a never ending supply of information out there for us web designers.  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.

Books are very important, helps us to build our spirit, give information, helps us to write and think better, help us to chose right or wrong. There are now plenty of good e-books available that will provide you with tips and examples to help you get into and flourish in web design.

With modern designers having to cater for mobile browsers, tablets, netbooks and also massive widescreen displays, the concept of design that anticipates and responds to your users’ needs is key.

This post highlights 36 of the Best Free Ebooks for Designers, with selections available as PDFs or in HTML.
24 Latest Free Ebooks for Web Designers in 2015

1- Web Design Book of Trends

This is a very good e-book for those who want to keep themselves updated with the latest trends in web design. 11 current trends and 165 visually attractive examples are featured in this e-book.

Web Design Book of Trends

2- Web Designer's Success Guide

Web Designer's Success Guide is the definitive resource for starting your own freelance web design business. the book offers step-by-step instructions on topics like transitioning from full-time to self-employment, marketing your freelance business, managing projects and pricing yourself appropriately.

Web Designer's Success Guide

3- Designing For The Web

A Practical Guide To Designing For The Web aims to teach core web development techniques based on the principles of graphic design. it is a stand-out amongst web design books with the right balance between practical and inspirational.

Designing For The Web

4- Getting Real

this book is an excellent guide for building web-based applications in a smarter, faster and easier way.

Getting Real

5- The Woork Handbook

The Woork Handbook is focused around web design and programming and primarily deals with CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics about web design.

The Woork Handbook

6- A Practical Guide To Web Typography

In order to allay some of the myths surrounding typography on the web, this book has been structured as a walk through Bringhurst’s working principles, explaining how to accomplish each using techniques available in HTML and CSS.

A Practical Guide To Web Typography

7- Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

This e-book is a practical guide with advice on how to improve your websites, software, hardware, and consumer products, all with an eye on accessibility and avoiding future snags.

Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

8- Web Style Guide

The book explains established design principles and illustrates how they apply to projects whose primary concerns are information design and efficient search and navigation.

Web Style Guide

9- Taking Your Talent to the Web

Although this book was written in 2001, a lot of its suggestions and guidance on the topic of transitioning to the World Wide Web are still applicable today. The paperback version has a 5-star rating on Amazon.com.

Taking Your Talent to the Web

10- How To Be Creative

This is a lighthearted e-book featuring 26 first-hand tips on how to harness the creativity in you. Each tip is accompanied with a cartoon illustration, making this a really delightful read.

How To Be Creative

11- Time Management for Creative People

In just 32 pages, this e-book will help you improve your time management and get the most out of your day.

Time Management for Creative People

12- Design Your Imagination 

Although this e-book is mainly written for beginners that are still learning the ropes of web design, seasoned designers will also get some useful advice from it.

Design Your Imagination

13- WordPress Meet Responsive Design

This e-book is about responsive web design in the context of WordPress design.

WordPress Meet Responsive Design

14- The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design

In just 12 pages, this e-book will show you how to understand the often ambiguous requests of your clients and build creative websites that will stand out from the crowd.

The Design Funnel: A Manifesto for Meaningful Design

15- The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition

This 170-page book is very good for those who already have some experience in creating websites. It will equip you with the essential knowledge and techniques to make beautiful visual enhancements for your site.

The Principles of Beautiful Web Design, 2nd Edition

16- Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML

Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, this book will load HTML, CSS, and XHTML into your brain in a way that sticks.

Head first HTML with CSS & XHTML


This edition guides you through every element of HTML and XHTML in detail, explaining how each element works and how it interacts with other elements.


18- Access by Design

This is another book written by Sarah Horton, published back in 2006, so, as you can imagine, a lot of the technical relevance is gone.

Access by Design

19- JavaScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner

This book not only teachers JavaScript – a great programming ‘gateway’ language – it also teaches readers the fundamental programming concepts they need to grasp in order to learn any computer language.

JavaScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner

20- Using XHTML

Molly Holzschlag has her finger on the pulse of what web developers need to know.


21- Pro Drupal Development

Widely praised for its in-depth coverage of Drupal internals, bestsellingPro Drupal Developmenthas been updated for Drupal 6 in this edition, and provides are even more tricks of the trade to help you further yourself as a professional Drupal developer.

Pro Drupal Development

22- Web Style Guide: 3rd Edition (HTML)

“Web Style Guide” written for web site designers in corporations, government, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions, the book explains established design principles and covers all aspects of web design—from planning to production to maintenance.

Web Style Guide: 3rd Edition (HTML)

23- Web design in a Nutshell

Web Design in a Nutshell, is one of the first books to capture this new web landscape with an edition that’s been completely rewritten and expanded to reflect the state of the art.

Web design in a Nutshell

24- 20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web

For things you’ve always wanted to know about the web but were afraid to ask, All of those answers you can find in this ebook.

20 Things I learned about Browsers and the Web

25- Forty’s Pocket Guide to SEO

Quick reference for SEO terms and phrases.

Forty’s Pocket Guide to SEO

26- Essential JavaScript & jQuery Design Patterns

‘Essential JavaScript & jQuery Design Patterns For Beginners’. Design patterns are reusable solutions to commonly occurring problems in software development and are a very useful tool to have at your disposal.

Design Patterns

27- Eloquent JavaScript

A concise and balanced mix of principles and pragmatics. You will surely love the tutorial-style game-like program development. This book rekindled my earliest joys of programming. Plus, JavaScript!

Eloquent JavaScript

28- 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.

Knock Knock

29- 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.

Up to Speed on HTML 5 and CSS 3

30- Faster, and More Secure Webfonts

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.

Faster, and More Secure Webfonts

31- Learning PHP 5

A pain free introduction to Building Interactive Web Sites.

Learning PHP 5

32- 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.

Search User Interfaces

33- CSS Cookbook

Quick Solutions to Common CSS Problems.

CSS Cookbook

34- 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, cascading style sheets provide Internet browsers with the information that enables them to present all the visual aspects of a web document.

Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design

35- Ruby on Rails: Up and Running

Ruby on Rails is the super-productive new way to develop full-featured web applications. With Ruby on Rails, powerful web applications that once took weeks or months to develop can now be produced in a matter of days.

Ruby on Rails: Up and Running

36- Foundations of Ajax

If you are an experienced web developer ready for a concise yet quality introduction to Ajax, then you have found your book.

Foundations of Ajax