HTML5 Book Guide

HTML5 Books from 2010 and 2011
HTML5 isn’t finished but a lot of books about it are. Books written about HTML5 in 2010 may feel a little out of touch since the state of HTML5 is still under development. This is why my HTML5 Book Guide is only covering 2011 and 2012 HTML5 books. Learn about the best HTML5 books.

HTML5 Books for Beginners


Introducing HTML5
This book is written by two of the more entertaining characters in the HTML5osphere, Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp. It gives you a brief overview of why HTML5 exists and then dives into showing you how to start implementing the HTML5 language. This is the second edition which will be released October, 20th, 2011.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide
to HTML5 and CSS

According to the title, if your an idiot and need a HTML5 guide, this is the book for you. This is not a book that is solely about HTML5. It is however a pleasant surprise for people who just starting to learn about the web in the year 2011. The book starts with a section on web hosting and finishes up teaching you how to make your web pages load faster. It even features a 16-page color insert and a “Speak Like a Geek” glossary.

HTML5 24-Hour TrainerWho doesn’t want to finish learning something in 24 hours? This book has a nice angle and is terrific for HTML beginners.

Head First HTML5 Programming: Building Web Apps with JavaScript
If I had an intermediate HTML5 book category for my guide, this book would fit right in. Building web apps with JavaScript isn’t child’s play but the way the material is presented in this book could work for some HTML5 beginners. It gets released in October so the HTML5 covered should be fresh.

HTML5 Step by Step
This step by step HTML5 guide is from Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft has an HTML5 book. They should as we just found out recently that are putting Flash out to pasture by closing the door on plugins with their release of Metro Internet Explorer In Windows 8. All the book’s practice files are ready to download and there is a fully searchable online edition of the book.

HTML5: Visual QuickStart Guide
This HTML5 book doesn’t come out until December but it might be worth the wait. It will have a pleasant visual format and step-by-step, task-based instructions for learning HTML5 fast. You’ll create and use images, links, styles, lists, tables, frames, and forms. You’ll also add video, audio, and other multimedia to your site. New elements and form input types in HTML5 will be covered.

HTML5 Multimedia: Develop and DesignMultimedia is a major reason why HTML5 is catching on like wildfire. This HTML5 book promises to be an approachable guide to building native HTML5 multimedia into a website. Get detailed information about HTML5 video and HTML5 audio including how to use the HTML5 Media JavaScript API to create custom controls.

HTML5: The Missing Manual
Wouldn’t it be nice if everything had a manual? This book covers the basics of HTML5. Learn how to add audio and video without plugins, build playback pages that work in every browser and draw with Canvas. You will also learn how to build web apps with rich desktop features and let your users work with your app offline. This would be a handy book to have if you are just getting started with HTML5.

HTML5 For Dummies
Are you a HTML5 dummy? Do you want other people to know? Then this book is for you! This is a HTML5 quick reference guide that does a good job of covering the basics.

HTML5 Crash Course
The highlight of this HTML5 book is that it is written in 20 self-contained lectures. It begins with a thorough introduction to HTML, before moving onto HTML5. The book is great for people who need to learn HTML5 fast. In addition to the paperback and Kindle editions, you can get the HTML5 Crash Course app for the iPhone and iPad. There is also an online video course that goes along with the book on Udemy.

HTML5 & CSS3 For The Real World
This HTML5 book is from SitePoint. It shows you how to create dynamic websites using HTML5 and CSS. Learn about HTML5 video and find out how to build intelligent web forms.

Basics of Web Design: HTML5 and CSS3
You may be required to purchase this book if you are taking a beginning web design or web development course. The price is higher than most if not all the other HTML5 books listed in my guide. The book is a sound teaching tool. There is even a website to go along with the book that has a page for each chapter with hyperlinks for websites listed in the book, information on emerging trends, additional examples, corrections, and review games. HTML5 teachers can pick up instructor materials from the publisher’s website.

Teach Yourself Visually HTML5
This is a nice book for aspiring web designers who are visual learners. The full-color screen shots, two-page lessons, and tips section should make HTML5 easier to learn.

HTML5 Digital Classroom
What is the easiest way for you to learn something? The best method for me is by watching videos with coded examples. If video combined with book learning works for you, this should be the product you get. HTML5 Digital Classroom is a complete training package with a full-color book and instructional DVD that teaches you the basics of HTML5. There are 15 lessons in full color, supported by video tutorials and lesson files on the DVD which makes it easy to learn at your own pace. I love rewinding!

Quick & Easy HTML5 and CSS3
Don’t you wish everything was quick and easy? This book promises a fast, example-oriented introduction to the new HTML and CSS features. This HTML5 book will be released in February, 2012.

HTML5 Developer’s CookbookI love cookbooks! It is the one type of book that really makes sense to own as hardcover rather than paperback. This is an HTML5 cookbook. It covers semantics, browser handling, CSS3, animation, web forms, HTML drawing, video and audio, geolocation, client-side storage, Web Sockets, the Web Workers API, and file and device APIs.

HTML5: Your visual blueprint for designing rich Web pages and applications
This HTML5 book is for visual learners. It includes hundreds of screen shots in order to illustrate each task step-by-step. It also has a companion website that contains all the code needed to learn the HTML5 in the book.

HTML5 Books for Advanced Web Developers and Designers


HTML5 Canvas
The Canvas element is one of the most attractive things about HTML5. This book teaches you how to build interactive multimedia applications using this element to draw, render text, manipulate images, and create animation.

HTML5 for Masterminds

This HTML5 book goes over the 400 page mark. In it you will learn how to structure your documents with HTML5, style them with CSS3, and work with Javascript APIs. Get new techniques for building wonderful websites and web apps. This book takes the cake when it comes to content.

Foundation HTML5 Canvas: For Games and Entertainment
This book shows you how to have fun with HTML5. Chapter 8 teaches you how to create a space bowling game and in chapter 9 you will learn how to make an asteroid avoidance game.

HTML5 Games – Creating Fun with HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL
This book guides you through the process of creating a game from scratch using Canvas, HTML5 Audio, WebGL, and WebSockets. Learn about the different aspects of the game your creating like user input, sound, multiplayer functionality, and 2D and 3D graphics. It doesn’t get released until early 2012.

Core HTML5: Volume 1: Canvas
This is another HTML5 book that gets released in early 2012. Learn how to draw and paint, apply shadows, patterns, and gradients, manipulate images, create smooth animations, implement video games, develop custom controls, process video in real time, and use off-screen buffers. The book also comes with a companion website which gives you access to book’s source code, videos about HTML5 Canvas, and live demonstrations from the book. The website is currently under construction but I would expect it to be fully functional upon the books release.

Learn HTML5 and JavaScript for iOS
There are a lot of HTML5 books being released in the next several months. This book is probably the one I am most excited about. It will help you build, fine-tune, and publish your app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Get tips for iOS usability as well as performance.

HTML5 Mobile Websites
This book has the potential to be very handy for developer and designer. Learn how to apply frameworks like Sencha Touch, JQTouch, jQuery Mobile, and iUI to rapidly build your mobile websites. The HTML5 book provides color illustrations of its detailed techniques and also has a companion website where you practice what you learned.

HTML5 Solutions: Essential Techniques for HTML5 Developers
This book is geared towards web developers and designers. It provides you with HTML5 solutions. Every solution includes sample code that can be applied to many projects.

Learning HTML5 Game Programming
Learn how to build online games with Canvas, SVG, and WebGL. If you are serious about HTML5 game development, a good book could come in handy.

Making Isometric Social Real-Time Games with HTML5, CSS3, and JavascriptIf you are serious about game design this book could be for you. Learn how to build games using isometric map making, sprite animations, networking, social network integration, and high performance rendering.

The Definitive Guide to HTML5
This gets released in November so it will be the definitive guide for at least several months. HTML5 is not suppose to be completed anytime soon so it is difficult to put the HTML5 and the word definitive in the same sentence. Learn how to use all of the core features of HTML5, make the most of the APIs that surround HTML5, such as geolocation, WebStorage, and drag and drop, and how to leverage the media capabilities of Canvas, SVG, HTML5 audio, and HTML5 video.

HTML5 Mastery: Semantics, Standards, and Styling
This book comes out in October and will introduce the new markup elements of HTML5 including the rare elements. It will show you where and how to use them. You will also learn how to create fabulous forms using the new HTML5 elements and client-side validation. The book also explores the power of associated APIs.

HTML5 Multimedia Developers Guide
This HTML5 book doesn’t come out until April, 2012 but I want this blog post to remain fresh so I decided to include it. Learn how to develop desktop and mobile web applications, deliver streaming video and animation with HTML5, and create iPhone and iPad apps.

Beginning Web Applications
Apps are the future of the web. So you better get started! This HTML5 book will show you how to make use of more client-side data with application caching and WebStorage. It will also teach you how to talk to a server application asynchronously with WebSockets.

HTML5 Games Development by Example
Don’t you just love examples! This HTML5 book shows you how to create 6 fun games using the latest HTML5, Canvas, CSS, and JavaScript techniques. It covers puzzle games, action games, multiplayer games, and Box 2D physics.

3 Responses to “HTML5 Book Guide”

  1. Opass September 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm Permalink

    I’m starting to Learn HTML5. Thanks for this.

  2. Pucka October 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm Permalink

    This is a great list. I am also looking into HTML5 microdata. Thanx!

  3. JC July 30, 2012 at 10:14 am Permalink

    Great list, very comprehensive, thanks.

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