Free eBooks for Web Designers & Developers

There are thousands of free ebooks available for web designers and developers online. The great news is that quite a lot of these books are available for free! And today I’ve collected a list of my favorites for you!

I’ve organised the books into several categories: CSS & HTML, JavaScript, PHP, WordPress, Git, UX, Miscellaneous Web Design and finally, Older, Yet Always Relevant Books.

CSS & HTML Essential Learning

A Guide to HTML5 and CSS3

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. Please note: you need to signup to download this ebook.

Adaptive Web Design (HTML)

This one delves into 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..

Magic of CSS (HTML)

This ebook introduces you to some of the trickiest aspects of CSS. It includes chapters on the box model, layout, tables, color, typography, transitions, and interactive examples.

HTML Canvas Deep Dive (HTML)

This one is an introduction to Canvas. The first part of the book describes how an API works (with interactive examples), and then there are the hands-on lessons that will walk you through the process of building your own canvas apps.

HTML5 Canvas

The second edition of HTML5 Canvas teaches you how to draw, render text, manipulate images, and create animation — all in the course of building several interactive web games throughout the book. The free online version includes 53 interactive examples and exercises.

Pocket Guide to Writing SVG (HTML)

This one offers a detailed introduction to building SVG online. It has been written for designers and developers that are looking to quickly add SVG to their workflow.

Learn JavaScript

Speaking JavaScript (HTML, PDF & ePub)

This 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.

Learning JavaScript Design Patterns

This one will show you how to write beautiful, structured, and maintainable JavaScript by applying classical and modern design patterns to the language.

jQuery Fundamentals

jQuery Fundamentals has been designed to get you comfortable working through common problems you’ll come across when using jQuery. Each chapter covers a concept and gives you the chance to try example code related to the concept.

Programming JavaScript Applications

With this book you will have the chance to take your existing JavaScript skills to the next level and learn how to build complete web scale or enterprise applications that are easy to extend and maintain.

Developing Backbone.js Applications

If you want to build your site’s frontend with the single-page application (SPA) model, this book shows you how to get the job done with Backbone.js. You’ll learn how to create structured JavaScript applications, using Backbone’s own flavor of model-view-controller (MVC) architecture.

JavaScript Enlightenment

This one is not about JavaScript design patterns or implementing an object-oriented paradigm with JavaScript code. The intention of this book to give the reader an accurate JavaScript worldview through an examination of native JavaScript objects and supporting nuances: complex values, primitive values, scope, inheritance, the head object, etc.


PHP: The Right Way

PHP: The Right Way is an easy-to-read, quick reference for PHP best practices, accepted coding standards, and links to authoritative tutorials around the Web.


Locking Down WordPress

WordPress pros Rachel Baker, Brad Williams, and John Ford take you through everything you need to know to make sure you have WordPress security is under control.

WordPress Meet Responsive Design

In this one Chris Coyier, Ian Stewart and Sara Cannon give you the lowdown on their real world uses and strategies for designing WordPress responsively.

11 Things to Do with Every New WordPress Install (PDF)

This ebook covers strategies and tips to start packaging and offering WordPress maintenance services to your clients.

WordPress Security — A Pocket Guide (PDF)

In this introduction to WordPress security you will learn some straightforward tips, and best practices for keeping your site safe.

Learn Git

Pro Git 2nd Edition (HTML, PDF, ePub & Mobi)

The Pro Git eBook, know in its second edition, covers basics of Git as well as advanced topics such as branching and running distributed Git.

UX — User Experience Learning

The UX Reader (ePub, PDF & Mobi)

This ebook is a collection of the most popular articles from MailChimp’s UX Newsletter and also includes some exclusive content.

The Guide to Usability Testing (PDF)

This one includes 109 pages of practical explanations and tips for 20 usability testing methods, some useful advice from usability experts, and also shares some best practices from companies like Apple, MailChimp, Yahoo, DirecTV, Buffer, and more.

Web UI Best Practices (PDF)

This free ebook explains techniques spanning visual design, interface design, and UX design.

The Guide to UX Design Process & Documentation (PDF)

This one looks at real-life examples of design processes from companies such as Apple, Amazon, Twitter, and more.

The Guide to Mockups (PDF)

72 pages of visual examples, explorations of fidelity, and best practices. You’ll also learn the differences between mockups, prototypes, and wireframes so you get a more practical understanding of where each fits into the design process.

UX Design for Start-Ups

Written by Marcin Treder, UX Design for Start-Ups is a must read for any startup or grown-up company that wishes to keep its startup spirit and conquer the world with stunning UX Design.

Miscellaneous Learning & Reading

Google Web Fundamentals (HTML)

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

The Little Book Of Modern Frontend Tooling (HTML)

This one is a free, work-in-progress, open-source book that takes you through the application development lifecycle and introduces you to the world of tooling for modern web applications.

The Guide to Wireframing (PDF)

The Guide to Wireframing covers what makes a great wireframing workshop. It’s wireframing from the big idea to details: digital and analog tools, web and mobile design patterns sources, all concluded with design principles for people who build products.

Mobile Game Design by Chroma Coders (PDF)

This ebook talks about the main mechanics for mobile game development, as well as “hidden game mechanics” you can use to stand out in the marketplace.

Building Web Apps with Go (HTML, ePub, MOBI & PDF)

Building Web Apps with Go is an ebook from Jeremy Saenz that will teach you how to quickly build we applications with the Go programming language.

Email Marketing Field Guide (ePub, PDF & Mobi)

The Email Marketing Field Guide covers the basics of HTML email and shares some tips and best practices you’ll need to keep in mind as you develop your own email marketing plan.

Older, Yet Always Relevant Free Ebooks

Web Development & Beyond

This eBook does not have the “fluff” that takes up unnecessary pages just to make it appear bigger than what it actually is. Each page is intentional and important regardless of what stage you are in on this online journey. This eBook will help you in simple English with actionable steps and insight that you can apply and not just read.

Introduction to Good Usability

This usabilty guide sheds some light on some common interface elements and mistakes people often make with them. This is by no means a complete guide or solid set of rules, but it is definitely a good start.

Faster, and More Secure Webfonts

Font embedding for the web is a great step in making the web look better and become more functional, but what about security and load times? This ebook shows you how things work, how to improve performance and make it more secure.

Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

With the Web people with disabilities can do more things themselves, without having to rely on others. This book helps you to improve your websites to remove accessibility barriers and avoid adding new barriers.

Getting Real: The Book

Getting Real is a smaller, faster, better way to build websites. Getting Real delivers better results because it forces you to deal with the actual problems you’re trying to solve instead of your ideas about those problems.

Search User Interfaces

This book outlines the human side of the information seeking process, and focuses on the aspects of this process that can best be supported by the user interface. It describes the methods behind user interface design generally, and search interface design in particular.

Web Style Guide — 3rd Edition

This book explains established design principles and covers all aspects of web design — from planning to production to maintenance. The guide also shows how these principles apply in web design projects whose primary concerns are information design, interface design, and efficient search and navigation.

Type Classification eBook

This book has been written to help you learn the 10 broad classifications of type. These are the basic foundations of what you need to learn to learn typography and it is essential for any designer to know how to classify type.

How To Be Creative

Written by HughMacLeod, an advertising executive and popular blogger with a flair for the creative. He offers his 26 tried-and-true tips for being truly creative with each point being illustrated by a cartoon drawn by the author himself.

Who’s There?

Who’s There is not an ebook about how to write better or how to follow the traditional conventions about formatting and building a blog. Instead, he talks about how building a blog asset can have a spectacular impact on you, your career, your organization and your ideas.