I recently read HTML5 for Web Designers by Jeremy Keith. Having spent not much time exploring HTML5 up to that point, I thought the book would be a good start.
With just 85 pages and a soft cover, the book was at first a slight disappointment, due to the fact I was not expecting such a thin book. The disappointment was short lived though, because a couple of hours into my train trip I was done and happily re-reading my favorite passages. The design of the book is very simple and very effective, as it makes the reader concentrate on its contents.
Once you start reading, you find the book is a joy to look at and read. You have to admire the excellent design, which in combination with a great paper quality guarantees a wonderful reading experience. But what makes it special is the way it was written–Jeremy Keith makes everything fun and super easy to understand. The author takes you on a quick trip from a brief history of markup to how you can use HTML5 today. I found myself nodding in acknowledgment several times and literally racing through pages. Simply put, this is one of those books that leaves you wanting more. After you are done, you just wish it had 50 extra pages.
I can recommend HTML5 for Web Designers to any of you who want to get familiar with HTML5. While it is not a book that will be your only resource on the topic, it will be a great introduction to a standard that is changing the World Wide Web. At $18 plus shipping it is not the cheapest book around, but worth it nevertheless. What I’d very much like to own is a PDF copy of the book, which is not (yet) available. This way, I would probably use it as a reference and not have to use Google instead.