Best Python Programming Books


Python was created by Guido van Rossum in 1991 as a general-purpose programming language. It is interactive and interpreted language. It supports both structured and object oriented style of programming. Python is an open source language under general public license(GPL).

Advantage of Python is that it has wide range of libraries and built in functions which aid in rapid development of applications. Python is easy to learn and follows a simple syntax, so it is a good choice for beginners.

Here you will find the 10 best python books to learn python from beginner level to advance level.

Best Python Books

1. Python Crash Course

Author :- Eric Matthes
Edition :- 2019 Edition
Published by :- No Starch Press

The goal of this book is to bring you up to speed with Python as quickly as possible so you can build prow ams that work—games, data visualizations, and web applications.
This book is for those who want to learn the basics of programming quickly so they can focus on interesting projects and those who like to test their understanding of new concepts by solving meaningful problems.
The purpose of this book is to make you a good programmer in general and a good Python programmer in particular. You'll learn efficiently and adopt good habits as I provide you with a solid foundation in general pro-gramming concepts.

2. Python Cookbook

Author :- Brian K. Jones
Edition :- 3rd Edition
Published by :- O'Reilly

This book is aimed at more experienced Python programmers who are looking to deepen their understanding of the language and modern programming idioms. Much of the material focuses on some of the more advanced techniques used by libraries, frameworks, and applications. Throughout the book, the recipes generally assume that the reader already has the necessary background to understand the topic at hand.
Who This Book Is Not For? This is not a book designed for beginners trying to learn Python for the first time. In fact, it already assumes that you know the basics that might be taught in a Python tutorial or more introductory book This book is also not designed to serve as a quick reference manual. Instead, the book aims to focus on specific programming topics, show possible solutions, and serve as a springboard for jumping into more advanced material you might find online or in a reference.

3. Learning Python

Author :- Mark Lutz
Edition :- 2013 Edition
Published by :- O' Reilly

In general, this book has always strived to be agnostic about both Python versions and platforms. It's designed to be useful to all Python users. Nevertheless, because Python changes over time and platforms tend to differ in pragmatic ways, I need to describe the specific systems you'll see in action in most examples here.
Complete with quizzes, exercises, and helpful illustrations, this easy-to-follow, self-paced tutorial gets you started with both Python 2.7 and 3.3— the latest releases in the 3.X and 2.X lines—plus all other releases in common use today. You’ll also learn some advanced language features that recently have become more common in Python code.

4. Learn Python the Hard Way

Author :- Zed Shaw
Edition :- 2014 Edition
Published by :- Addison Wesley

This simple book is meant to get you started in programming. The title says it's the hard way to learn to write code, but it's actually not. It's only the "hard" way because it uses a technique called instruction.
This book instructs you in Python by slowly building and establishing skills through techniques like practice and memorization, then applying them to increasingly difficult problems. By the end of the book, you will have the tools needed to begin learning more complex programming topics.

5. Fluent Python

Author :- Luciano Ramalho
Edition :- 2015 Edition
Published by :- O' Reilly

This book was written for practicing Python programmers who want to become proficient in Python 3. If you know Python 2 but are willing to migrate to Python 3.4 or later, you should be fine. At the time of this writing, the majority of professional Python programmers are using Python 2, so I took special care to highlight Python 3 features that may be new to that audience.
Who This Book Is Not For? If you are just learning Python, this book is going to be hard to follow. Not only that, if you read it too early in your Python journey, it may give you the impression that every Python script should leverage special methods and metaprogramming tricks. Premature abstraction is as bad as premature optimization.


Author :- Mark Pilgrim
Edition :- 2004 Edition
Published by :- Apress

Are you already a Python programmer? Did you read the original “Dive Into Python? Did you buy it on paper? (If so, thanks!) Are you ready to take the plunge into Python 3? … If so, read on.
Porting Code to Python 3 with 2to3 is a reference of all the things that the 2to3 tool can fix automatically. Since a lot of those things are syntax changes, it’s a good starting point to learn about a lot of the syntax changes in Python 3.
Dive Into Python 3 covers Python 3 and its differences from Python 2. Compared to Dive Into Python, it’s about 20% revised and 80% new material.

7. Head First Python

Author :- Paul Barry
Edition :- 2nd Edition
Published by :- O'Reilly

Want to learn the Python language without slogging your way through how-to manuals? With Head First Python, you’ll quickly grasp Python’s fundamentals, working with the built-in data structures and functions
Why does this book look so different? Based on the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, Head First Pythonuses a visually rich format to engage your mind, rather than a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep. Why waste your time struggling with new concepts? This multi-sensory learning experience is designed for the way your brain really works.

8. Python: The Complete Reference

Author :- Martin C. Brown
Edition :- 2001 Edition
Published by :- Brandon A. Nordin

The primary aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive guide to almost everything your want to know about Python. We can cover a lot of information, there's always something that we can't fit into the book or that we don't get to cover as thoroughly as we'd like.
Along the way, we'll also look at how and why to use Python as a rapid application development tool, how to read and write good documentation, and information on how to extend and embed Python using C. The book also covers how to utilize Python’s extensive libraries, including tools for reading and parsing SGML, HTML, and XML files.

9. Core Python Programming

Author :- R. Nageswara Rao
Edition :- 2018 Edition
Published by :- Dreamtech Press

This book has 25 chapters in all, arranged in increasing order of complexity. Hence, it is advised that the readers start reading this book from the beginning unless they have some previous knowledge of the subject.
Every chapter is concluded with 'Points to Remember' section where important points of that chapter are presented one by one to the reader. These points provide a quick review and enable the reader to easily migrate to the subsequent chapters. Remembering these points will help readers to answer the questions asked in the interviews on Python.

10. Let Us Python

Author :- Yashavant Kanetkar
Edition :- 2019 Edition
Published by :- BPB Publication

Most programmers learning Python are usually comfortable with some or the other programming language and are not interested in going through the typical learning curve of learning the first programming language.
This book should help them immensely. It guides you from the fundamentals of using modules through the use of advanced object orientation. Salient features: data types, control flow instructions, console input/output, strings, lists & tubes, list of comprehension, sets and dictionaries, dictionary comprehension, functions & lambdas, modules, classes and objects, inheritance, operator overloading, exception handling, file input/output, iterators and generators, decorators, command line parsing.

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