Either you want to learn a new tool or just want to brush up your web and UI design skills, learning from e-books is the best and quickest way to do that. Being online or readily available on your computer or e-reader device, e-books allow you to learn while working or on the go.

And when you’re planning to self-learn the art of web designing through e-book, start with the free ones. Here are some of the well-written and free e-books for web designers, both novice, and advanced level. The e-books in this list focus on various subjects and are available in different formats as well. Let’s take a look.

1. An Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

It’s never too late to leap into learning Adobe Photoshop – industry’s leading image editing software – and this e-book is a great beginner-friendly resource to start with. This free e-book by Steve Bark is first in the series on Photoshop that will explain the fundamentals of the software, from panels and tools to layers and basics of printing.

Once you get a good grasp on the basics, you can hop onto the intermediate level guide that covers more advanced subjects such as vector tools, smart objects, and clipping masks.

Author: Steve Bark – Availability: Email download

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2. Flat Design & Colors

Flat design has been one of the most popular web UI design technique. To get yourself familiar with Flat Design take a look at this free e-book that talks about some useful techniques for creating highly usable yet visually interesting web designs.

Topics in the e-book include the intersection of Flat and Material Design, pros and cons of flat design, popular techniques, flat design resources, and much more, along with examples from 40 companies such as Google, Squarespace etc.

Author: UXPin – Availability: Email download

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3. Everything There is to Know About Logo Design

The power of logo design is something that should never be ignored. And so to learn ‘everything’ that constitutes a great logo design, you can dig some great stuff in this free e-book.

You’ll learn everything from color, typography, and the rules for creating a logo along with some good and bad examples to elaborate the points.

Author: Blue Soda Promo – Availability: PDF

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4. Creative Suite Printing Guide

This handy e-book created by Adobe that gives you free and updated information on printing from Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat with best-quality results.

The detailed guide discusses different tools and options within each package broken down into chapters on how to produce files for print that will provide accurate colour reproduction, pixel-perfect transparency matting and sharp lines, best practices in output generation etc.

Author: Adobe – Availability: PDF

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5. Designbetter.co – InVision

Here is a series of well-written handbooks on different aspects of the design industry including design thinking, design leadership, design systems, the operationalization of design workflow, and principles of product design.

By the dint of these useful e-books, the writers aim to introduce the best practices and insights from the world’s best design leaders. Moreover, some of the materials are available in audio format.

Author: Various – Availability: Read online

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6. The Guide to Wireframing

A comprehensive and free guide that walks you through the different purpose and uses, discussing various tools and basic principles of wireframing by industry experts.

You will also be able to get a lot of information on UI trends and wireframing template libraries. The e-books is an equally helpful resource for designer, engineers, programmers or anyone who creates web products.

Author: UXPin – Availability: Email download

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7. Designing for the Web

This free e-book by Mark Boulton explores web designing from a gamut of perspectives including research and the tools needed to get the job done to the vital elements of typography, layout, and color.

Author: Mark Boulton – Availability: PDF, Kindle, ePub & Read online

8. Web Field Manual

A curated list of resources documenting the best information on designing experiences and interfaces on the web, the Web Field Manual is created by web designers, for web designers.

This a visual-heavy resource that gives you all the basics along with sharing the best places to get more information on any web design-related subject.

Author: Various – Availability: Read online

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9. Getting Real

An e-book that dives into everyday problems that come up when designing a website is a favorite amongst web designers. It offers practical and easy-to-use solutions for dealing with common design challenges and tips on project and team management.

Author: 37signals – Availability: Email download

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10. Pocket Guide to Writing SVG

In this guide, you’ll find a detailed introduction to writing SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and get an understanding of where to start. Using clear examples of fruit images and a brief description of attributes, you’ll learn SVG step by step with this handy pocket guide. Also available in Portuguese.

Author: Joni Trythall – Availability: Read online

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11. Speaking JavaScript

This ebook is a useful resource for both newbie Javascript programmers as well as for seasoned JavaScript programmers as it features the topic in great detail. The author of this e-book blogs about Javascript and his other interests on his blog 2ality.com.

Author: Dr. Axel Rauschmayer – Availability: Read online

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12. Adaptive Web Design

Learn the origins of progressive enhancement, its mechanism, philosophy, and a lot of practical ways in which you can apply progressive enhancement principles using JavaScript, HTML, and CSS in this 6-chapter book.

Author: Aaron Gustafson – Availability: Read online

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13. 27 Page Type Classification eBook

The 27 pages of this short ebook will walk you through the key classifications for typography. It covers a quick history for each classification and core characteristics of the style.

Author: Jacob Cass – Availability: PDF

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14. 11 Things to Do with Every New WordPress Install

This guide includes 11 awesome tips on how to build a great WordPress site. If you’re a newbie on this matter and who is just going to install WordPress, this ebook was written for you.

Author: iThemes Media – Availability: PDF

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15. Building Web Apps with Go

This is a 15-chapter ebook by Jeremy Saenz, which will teach you how to quickly build web applications using the Go programming language.

Author: Jeremy Saenz – Availability: “PDF, ePUB, Mobi, and Online”

16. Go Mobile With WordPress

It’s never too late to turn your site mobile. Learn what is responsive design, mobile sites and mobile apps, and the tips you need to turn a site mobile-friendly.

Author: iThemes Media – Availability: PDF

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17. HTML Canvas Deep Dive

It contains exercises, interactive examples and walkthrough lessons to get you started on building your canvas app. It is advised that you should know a bit Javascript and HTML before going into this book.

Author: Josh Marinacci – Availability: PDF

18. 10 Keys to Great Landing Pages

In this really short e-book you’ll get to know the key differences between landing pages and home pages, why they are so important, and how to build smart cool landing page, all in less than 20 pages.

Author: iThemes Media – Availability: PDF

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19. Book of Speed

The book of speed by Stoyan Stefanov is an online, free e-book about web performance. It begins by focusing on the business implications of web performance: why speed matters to the bottom line, and then moves on to changes that can make the performance better.

Author: Stoyan Stefanov – Availability: Read online

20. PHP: The Right Way

There is so much outdated info on the Web that leads new PHP users astray. This e-book is here to stop that. PHP: The Right Way is an easy-to-read and understand e-book with PHP best practices and links to authoritative tutorials.

Author: Josh Lockhart – Availability: Read online

21. Essential Career Advice for Developers

This book was written by the founder and CEO of iThemes, specifically for developers. It will tell you how to build your portfolio, work with clients, develop good communication skills, and inspire you to keep learning and exploring.

Author: Cory J. Miller – Availability: PDF

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22. So You Want To Be A Freelancer?

Do you want to be a full-time freelance web designer, but have no idea where to start? This e-book will tell you all pros and cons of a freelance web designing, along with some practical tips on how to build a strong business in this field. You’ll learn how to make money, be more organized, and find new clients etc.

Author: iThemes Media – Availability: PDF

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23. Magic of CSS

There are six chapters encompassing the box model, layout, table layout, color, typography and CSS transitions. The book is easy to understand, well written and full of interactive examples to keep things interesting.

Author: Adam Schwartz – Availability: Read online

24. Pixel Perfect Precision Handbook

This e-book is more about visual things, not dull long descriptions. Here the specialists from PixelPerfect share their first-hand tips and experience of many years to show you what is “Naughty” and what is “Nice”. It’s 200 pages long but you will fly through it real fast. The e-book is available in PDF and iBook formats.

Author: ustwo – Availability: PDF, iBook, and others

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25. The Woork Handbook

This book is a collection of articles written by Antonio Lupetti on his web design blog. It’s a free e-book about CSS, HTML, Ajax, web programming, Mootools, Scriptaculous and other topics covering web design.

Author: Antonio Lupetti – Availability: PDF

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26. Breaking the Time Barrier

Read the e-book to understand the difference between time and value, once and for all. This short book will not take more than an hour to read, but it could be the most important time you would have invested in the year. Just give it a try!

Author: Mike McDerment And Donald Cowper – Availability: PDF

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27. 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

Illustrated by Christoph Niemann, written by the Google Chrome team, and built in HTML5, this charming guidebook is a handy read about how the evolution of browsers and the web is changing the way we work and play online.

Author: Google Chrome Team – Availability: Read online

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28. IOS Succinctly

This e-book packs a fair bit of information in its 118 pages, and is an essential read for anyone interested or currently engaged in developing apps for iOS. Ryan Hodson covers all the basics you need to know and then some, including iOS basics, multi-scene applications, audio and a few other essential topics.

Author: Ryan Hodson – Availability: Email download

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29. Objective-C Succinctly

This e-book is a companion to the iOS Succinctly e-book, and discusses the primary programming language that underpins all things Mac, iPad and iOS, Objective-C. This e-book is an in-depth read and discusses everything you’ll need or want to know about Objective-C. Topics discussed include data types, memory management, protocols and error handling.

Author: Ryan Hodson – Availability: Email download

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30. Developing Modern Mobile Web Apps

This e-book contains a wealth of suggested patterns and practices for you to follow when designing a mobile web application. Across more or less 100 pages, the e-book discusses important topics such as choosing between a web or native experience, choosing devices, delivering mobile-friendly experiences and testing your app on multiple devices.

Author: Microsoft – Availability: PDF, ePUB, Mobi

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31. The App Design Handbook

This quick handbook provides suggestions on designing the icon and splash image for your app. The book discusses both app icons and splash images, why they’re so important along with some very important do’s and don’ts when it comes to designing app icons. These may seem like small details, but in a crowded app market, it’s the small details that can make or break your app.

Author: Appsbuilder – Availability: Email download

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32. Mobile UX Design: Top Mistakes To Avoid

This e-book discusses five of the top mistakes developers often make when it comes to the UX design of their apps. The information contained may not be ground-breaking, but they’re still very pertinent reminders of things that app developers can sometimes overlook.

Author: Appsee – Availability: Email download

33. Mobile Game Design

Mobile gaming is definitely one of the hottest forms of gaming today. If you’ve ever thought about getting in on the mobile gaming market while the going’s good, give this e-book a read. The design is simplistic, but the content is excellent and covers topics such as SDKs, publishing to app stores, as well as traditional and hidden mobile game mechanics.

Author: Chroma Coders – Availability: PDF

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34. Windows Phone 8 Development Succinctly

This might just be one of the most exhaustive guides to developing for Windows Phone 8 currently available. The author takes you through everything you need to know to develop for the platform, including topics such as app distribution, live apps features, hardware and OS integration, not forgetting all the basic core concepts and XAML.

Author: Matteo Pagani – Availability: Email download

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35. 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.

Author: Marcin Treder – Availability: Email download

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36. 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.

Author: Jeffrey Zeldman – Availability: PDF

37. 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.

Author: Hugh MacLeod – Availability: PDF

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38. UX Design for Startups

This 127-page e-book will provide you with practical tips and a list of more than 60 tools for UX design. Written in a large font for easier reading, this e-book is available in 3 formats: EPUB, MOBI and PDF.

Author: Marcin Treder – Availability: ePUB, MOBI and PDF

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39. WordPress Meet Responsive Design

With so many different devices (with different screen resolutions) that we can use to surf the Net these days, responsive web design (RWD) is clearly an important topic to cover for web designers. This e-book is about RWD in the context of WordPress design. It’s available in 3 formats: PDF, Kindle, EPUB.

Author: Michael Pick – Availability: PDF, Kindle, ePUB

40. 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.

Author: Stephen Hay – Availability: PDF

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41. The Vignelli Canon

If you want to learn or understand more about the role of typography in web design, this 49-page e-book will help you do just that.

Author: Massimo Vignelli – Availability: PDF

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42. Web Style Guide

Perhaps one of the most important web design books to be published, this is the third edition of the guide written by Patrick Lynch and Sarah Horton. It is offered on the site in its entirety.

Author: Patrick J. Lynch and Sarah Horton – Availability: Read online

43. 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. However, the general information and tips are still easily applicable in today’s terms, and it is worth keeping around as a reference.

Author: Universalusability – Availability: Read online

44. Building Accessible Websites

Joe Clark points out before the beginning of the book that it is outdated in certain areas. The book was last updated back in 2007, so you can understand that some of the info (specifically the tables as layout design section) are no longer usable. But he has some great advice on creating general layouts and how to keep your site accessible.

Author: Joe Clark – Availability: Read online

45. Getting Real

Written by 37signals, this ebook has 16 chapters and 91 essays. They cover a wide range of topics that are not only helpful but largely practical, including how to fix time and budget issues, and how to know when to scale.

Author: 37signals – Availability: Email download

46. Task-centered User Interface Design

Those who’re planning on building applications, particularly those dedicated to teaching computer systems, can benefit from learning more about interface design. The book has tips that will assist readers particularly in creating simple mobile applications. So, while it was not relevant a few years ago, it is relevant now.

Author: Clayton Lewis and John Rieman – Availability: Read online

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47. HTML & CSS Tutorials

This site has long been known for providing great tutorials for designers. Now, you can download the HTML Dog book for free.

Author: HTML Dog – Availability: Read online

48. Developing User Friendly Flash Content

Not a lot of people use Flash anymore as it becomes increasingly buggy and clunky for web design. But it is still a relevant format, and this guide will show you how you can use it to create a user-friendly and accessible website. It is old, but Flash itself has not changed much since its creation to make the info that outdated.

Author: Chris MacGregor – Availability: Read online

49. Eloquent JavaScript

Probably one of the best free resources for JavaScript information, this is an excellent breakdown that will teach you how to fully utilize and implement Java to any web format. It was originally written in 2007, but has been lovingly maintained and updated, with the last update on January 25, 2012.

Author: Marijn Haverbeke – Availability: Read online

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50. Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

Written by Shawn Lawton and sponsored by a number of well-known companies such as HP and Adobe, Just Ask has both an online and print version available. Out of date but still useful, it is one of the commonly recommended books on the topic of web design, and one of the most popular, on accessibility, you can find.

Author: Shawn Henry – Availability: Read online

51. Introduction to Good Usability

Peter Conradie, also known as Peter Pixel, wrote a number of articles on usability on his blog. He gathered some of his more popular posts together, added some new content and put it in an ebook for anyone to download for free. Although already a few years old, it is a good read.

Author: Peter Conradie – Availability: PDF

52. A Concise Guide to Archiving For Designers

Have you been looking for a simple ebook on archiving that doesn’t drone on and on? This one was written for just that purpose, with all you need to know in just 13 pages.

Author: Karin van der Heiden – Availability: Email download

53. The Elements of Typographic Style Applied To The Web

Many people have read the classic ‘The Elements of Style’. Imagine that book rewritten with a focus on typography and its place in web design. This book is a must-have.

Author: Richard Rutter – Availability: Read online

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