Google Online Books

An extensive list of top programming books available for preview on Google Books. Google Books provides scans of thousands of textbooks. The scans are not the best, most books have visible scan defects in them.

Even though the scans are not the best, there are some features that just work well. Just like Google Maps, where you can send a link to a map (with a set size, address, etc), with Google Books you can send a link to a specific page in a certain book with specific words highlighted. Google also has handy links such as the table of contents, popular passages, and where to buy the book (perhaps in a better quality PDF format).

All the books listed here have a 'limited preview', meaning that some pages are not available for viewing but for the most part you can browse through most the the book. Google Books does indicate the pages that are not available.


The Java Language Specification

Effective Java Programming language

Java: The complete Reference

Java In A Nutshell

Head First Java


Practical C++ Programming

C++ The Core Language

The Concurrent C Programming Language

C++ Primer Plus


The C# Programming Language

The Visual Basic .NET Programming Language

Pro C# 2005 and the .NET 2.0 Platform

Learning Visual Basic .NET

VB.NET Language in a Nutshell


Python in a Nutshell

Learning Python

Visual Quickstart Guide: Python

Python Pocket Reference

Python Cookbook


JavaScript: The Definitive Guide

Beginning JavaScript with DOM Scripting and AJAX

The Book of JavaScript

The Complete Reference JavaScript

JavaScript Bible

DOM Scripting


Ruby in a Nutshell

The Ruby Way

Beginning Ruby

Ruby on Rails: Up and Running

Rails Solutions: Ruby on Rails Made Easy

Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce


PHP in a Nutshell

Programming PHP

PHP Cookbook

Learning PHP and MySQL

Learning PHP 5


Visual Quickstart Guide: MySQL

MySQL Cookbook

MySQL in a Nutshell

MySQL Tutorial

Programming SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2005: Developer's Guide

SQL Server 2005: A Beginner's Guide

Beginning SQL Server 2005 Express