15 Free Ebooks for Designers & Developers in 2015

Whenever you are a newbie designer, or an advanced pro, the Web always has some interesting reading for you. Looking for a little experience in wiring SVG, building web apps or becoming a full-time freelancer? Well, there is no need to drown in hefty books. There are a lot of short, but useful ebooks which can help you become a pro in a particular subject. And the best part of these ebooks is that all of them are completely free to download!

So, scroll down and enjoy a showcase of 15 free ebooks for web designers and developers to take your skills to the next level. Some are available as PDF and other formats, while others can only be read online.

1. Pocket Guide to Writing SVG

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

Author: Joni Trythall

Available: Read Online

2. Speaking JavaScript

This ebook would be useful for both newbie Javascript programmers and for seasoned JavaScript programmers as it features the topic in-depth. The author continuousyly blog about Javascript and his other interests on his blog 2ality.com

Author: Dr. Axel Rauschmayer

Available: Read Online

3. Adaptive Web Design

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

Author: Aaron Gustafson

Available: Read Online

4. 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

Available: PDF

5. 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

Available: PDF

6. 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

Available: PDF | ePUB | Mobi | Read Online

7. 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

Available: PDF

8. 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

Available: Read Online

9. 10 Keys to Great Landing Pages

In this really short ebook 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

Available: PDF

10. Book of Speed

The book of speed by Stoyan Stefanov is an online, free ebook 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

Available: Read Online

11. A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web

This ebook written by Five Simple Step’s founder Mark Boulton. The ebook covers 5 main chapters including topics like research and ideas, colors, typography, layout and what to expect if you are going into the world of web design.

Author: Mark Boulton

Available: PDF

12. PHP: The Right Way

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

Author: Josh Lockhart

Available: Read Online

13. 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

Available: PDF

14. 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 ebook will tell you all pros and cons of a freelance web designer career, along with some practical tips how to build a strong business in this field. You’ll learn how to make money, be more organized, find new clients, and more.

Author: iThemes Media

Available: PDF

15. 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

Available: Read Online

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