As a newbie,I've been searching for a good book on photography. Finally,through someone's recommendation, I've just bought this book:
The writings is very easy to understand and explains very well the basic techniques that any serious photography student should know.
It's a big book (more than 400 pages) and I'm still at page 49. I could hardly put it down once I've started reading it.Didn't regret getting this book.It's abit pricey though (abt $80) and you could order it from the local bookstores. I highly recommend it.