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Are you looking to gain a little bit more experience in web design, coding, email marketing, planning your business or managing your time?

Lucky for us, we no longer have to go through lengthy & boring books to get started on learning the above subjects for example as here 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, as today I’ve have put together a collection of 20 great informative web design & developments eBooks that are most are available for free and most of these books contains first hand tips from design & development experts plus some are available in multiple formats so you can read them on many devices.

1. HTML Canvas: A Travelogue


HTML Canvas: A Travelogue is an interactive guide to learning Canvas, the JavaScript graphics API that you find in HTML 5.

It’s bundled up as an affordable tablet app and itself written with web technologies, the book gives you a complete overview of Canvas and dives deep into a few key areas to give you an understanding of how Canvas works and where to learn more.

2. Pocket Guide to Writing SVG


The Pocket Guide to Writing SVG offers a quick but thorough 92 page “pocket” sized reference for getting started writing Scalable Vector Graphics.

The book has detailed introduction on how to build SVG online, this book has been written for designers and developers that are looking to quickly add SVG to their workflow.

3. Adaptive Web Design


The Adapative Web Design book by Aaron Gustafson chronicles the origins of progressive enhancement, its philosophy, and mechanisms, and reveals the countless practical ways that you can apply progressive enhancement principles using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.

By understanding progressive enhancement and how to apply it properly, web practitioners can craft experiences that serve users (rather than browsers), giving them access to content without technological restrictions.

4. Magic of CSS


Magic of CSS is an ebook that will introduce you to some of the trickiest aspects of CSS. It includes chapters on the box model, layout, tables, colour, typography and transitions, and does include interactive examples.

5. Pro Git


The Pro Git eBook, written by Scott Chacon & Ben Straub  covers the basics of Git as well as advanced topics such as branching and running distributed Git.

6. Google Web Fundamentals


Google Web Fundamentals is an essential collection of information about modern web design and development.

7. Speaking JavaScript


The Speaking JavaScript eBook teaches beginners just enough JS to help them be productive straightaway, and for seasoned JavaScript programmers there’s a detailed reference guide that covers each JS feature indepth.

8. How Selling WordPress Maintenance Can Save Your Freelance Business


This ebook covers strategies and tips to start packaging WordPress maintenance services towards your clients as it is a constant struggle for anyone that is a  WordPress developer to make a few extra bucks.

9. 11 Things to Do with Every New WordPress Install


So you just installed WordPress thats awesome! but getting started can be overwhelming, so this book is here to help. In this short ebook, you will see it’s covers 11 key things you can do right now to make a great WordPress site.

10. WordPress Security


In this eBook you will learn simple WordPress security tips for keeping your site safe—including 3 kinds of security your site needs and 4 best security practices for keeping your WordPress site safe.

11. A Guide to HTML5 & CSS3


A Guide to HTML5 and CSS3, authored by technical writer, web developer and programmer Ashley Menhennett. This book covers the basics of web development and it’s a great starting point whether your plan is to make websites, HTML5 mobile apps or games.

12. Getting Started With MailChimp


This guide will help you get your first campaign off the ground. This book from MailChimp also offer tips for managing your list, viewing your reports, and making sure your newsletters get into the right inboxes.

13. The UX Reader


This eBook is a collection of the most popular articles from MailChimp’s UX Newsletter, along with some exclusive content. It embodies our quest to reflect, refine, and grow.

14. You Have Too Much S#!T


YOU HAVE TOO MUCH S#!T is an angry little self-help book for people who have too much shit. Rather than offering gentle advice on how to de-clutter your life, YHTMS is designed to kick you squarely in the face you can buy the book or download it here.

15. The Guide to Prototyping


The Guide to Prototyping will teach you the methods, tools, and processes for low and high fidelity rapid prototyping and will show you how to create prototypes from Photoshop and Sketch files plus this book you will get advice from experts like Todd Zaki Warfel, Jeff Gothelf, Marcin Treder, David Kelley, and many others.

16. The Guide to Mockups


The Guide to Mockups will shows you the Mockup types, methods and best practices and you will take a inside look at the anatomy of mockups: navigation, menus, UI patterns, and what the best practices for creating mockups including the explanation of how to use mockups of all types.

17. The Guide to Usability Testing


The Guide to Usability Testing will teach you the most convincing way to support your design decisions by giving you tips and analysis of over 30 different usability testing methods. You also get advice from experts such as Jakob Nielsen, Jared Spool, Jeff Sauro.

18. Web UI Design Best Practices


Web UI Design Best Practices shows what are the best UI Design from the Experts inside this book you will learn the theory and practice of web UI design from industry leaders .

19. The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation


The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation will show a master collection of frameworks, examples, and expert opinions at every stage.

This book covers the process and byproducts of building great products quickly and thoroughly as researched across the web and practiced by industry leaders.

20. The Guide to Wireframing


The Guide to Wireframing is a complete companion to wireframing, guiding you through theory and practice of creating winning designs across every stage in the product development process – from concept to launch.



20 Great eBooks for Web Designers & Developers