15 Best Python Books for Beginners & Experts

Best Python Books for programmers
Best Python books for advanced and beginners.

Programming can sometimes be intimidating and sometimes even advanced learners can find themselves overwhelmed. This article highlights the python programming books for beginners as well as advanced programmers for a quick doubt-resolution.

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Programming can sometimes be intimidating and sometimes even advanced learners can find themselves overwhelmed. This article highlights the python programming books for beginners as well as advanced programmers for a quick doubt-resolution.

Best Python Books for Beginners

If you are new to Python programming, we’ve curated the right list for you. The books in this list are informative, guided tutorials that aim at making your path in programming easier.

1. Python Crash Course

MRP: Rs. 2,700 (Offer Price:Rs.1,200) [may vary]

Author: Eric Matthes
Publisher: No Starch Press
Latest edition: 2nd Edition
Online ratings: 4.7/5
Your rating: 4.8/5

If you’re a complete newbie to not just Python but also programming, this is the book for you. The do-it-yourself exercises in the book serve as a milestone in the reader’s journey into programming. With every successful mini project at the end of a concept, students claim to be encouraged and to have completely understood its meaning before moving on to the next one, without feeling overwhelmed.

What’s more, the author, Eric Matthes, keeps his Github repo updated with content changes and code corrections, and readers vouch for his responsiveness and helpfulness. You can purchase the book here.

2. Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, 2nd Edition: Practical Programming for Total Beginners

MRP: Rs. 1,490

Author: Al Sweigart
Publisher: No Starch Press
Latest edition: 2st Edition
Online ratings: 4.7/5
Your rating: 4.8/5

It is always a daunting task for beginners to get started with real things. This book is exactly what makes you break through the redundant and boring theory part of programming. It makes you learn stuff by directly getting your hands dirty with a building. It is a really powerful language. This book breaks the stereotype that you need to know the basics before getting started to make real things. It is really for the readers who prefer application-based learning rather than going stepwise through theory.

3. Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, 4e

MRP: Rs. 1,999

Author: Al Sweigart
Publisher: No Starch Press
Latest edition: 4st Edition
Online ratings: 4.6/5
Your rating: 4.7/5

Another great masterpiece by Al Sweigart, Invent your own computer games with it. Do you wish to get started and learn to build games such as Guess the number, Hangman, Tic Tac Toe and Reversi?? If yes, then this is the book for you. Programming and coding might seem nerdy and boring for some but it is really fun when you are able to build things that you generally tend to be the use. It uses the PyGame framework to build 2D graphics games using it.

4. Head-First Python (2nd edition)

MRP: Rs. 3,449 (Offer Price: Rs.3,217)[may vary]

Author: Paul Barry
Publisher: O Reilly’
Latest edition: 2nd Edition
Online ratings: 4.4/5
Your rating: 4.5/5

Considered as a must-have by those who are beginning to study Python programming as well as those who already have coding jobs. This book carries intuitive descriptions and concepts that are easy to follow. Not only is it fun to read, but it also gives a detailed explanation of why things work the way they do.

Right from the start, the book has you hooked on to coding, thereby ensuring that your mind remains engaged and you can track your progress from one chapter to the next. You can purchase the book here.

5. Learn Python the Hard Way (3rd Edition)

MRP: Rs. 2,819 (Offer Price: Rs. 2,250)[may vary]

Author: Zed A. Shaw
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Latest edition: Zed Shaw’s Hard way series
Online ratings: 4.4/5
Your rating: 4.5/5

Popular among Python programmers, this book really takes the reader through the difficult journey of understanding how computers and code work. The author, Zed A. Shaw, aims at going right to the bottom and working his way up one step at a time, thereby creating a classroom-type environment for those who are new to the language.

Someone who knows a bit of the basics well might find the first few chapters a waste of time, but readers are encouraged to start from scratch and watch their progress chapter by chapter. You can purchase the book here.

6. Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer Science (3rd Edition)

MRP: Rs. 5,041

Author: John Zelle
Publisher: Franklin Beedle
Latest edition: 3rd Edition
Online ratings: 4.5/5
Your rating: 4.4/5

This Python textbook is a favourite with professors of computer science. The book aims at teaching students the basic skills of instructing a computer to solve problems by using this language. The author takes the reader on a gentle journey of programming, without even a slight hint of intimidation.

Even if you are not a programmer but are curious about how computers work and what is it exactly that programmers do, you must definitely give this a read. In all, this isn’t the best beginner book for Python programming, but a good option for those who want to learn programming through the medium of the language. You can purchase the book here.

7. Learning with Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist (100)

MRP: Rs. 4,474

Author: Allen Downey, Jeffery Eikner & Chris Meyers
Online ratings: 4.3/5
Your rating: 4.2/5

Another crowd-pleaser, this online guide opens intending to teach the reader exactly how to think like a computer scientist by using a combination of mathematics, natural science and engineering.

It focusses on the singular skill of every computer scientist which is: how to solve a problem. It beautifully teaches how to programme and how to use programming skills “as a means to an end”.

The book comes with a bundle of coding exercises and covers a great deal of Python concepts; in all, an excellent choice for beginners who are curious about programming in general. You can purchase the book here.

8. A Byte of Python

MRP: Rs. 73

Author: Swaroop C H
Online ratings: 4.6/5
Your rating: 4.6/5

Another gem in the crowd of free Python training books, this one serves as a tutorial for those who are looking to begin their programming journey. This book has been responsible for launching many careers in programming. This book was written for the sole purpose of educating the masses in a language that is not only simple but highly powerful.

The author, Swaroop, aims at helping the readers learn how to get stuff done quickly and painlessly. A fun little tidbit: the book was even used by NASA with their Deep Space Network project. You can purchase the book here.

Best Python Books for Advanced Programmers

Once you’ve had your basics down pat, the following list will help you gain an advanced understanding of Python programming. While this is not an exhaustive list, it does contain some of the best candidates of advanced training.

9. Introduction to Machine Learning with Python: A Guide for Data Scientists

MRP: Rs. 1,200

Author: Andreas C. Muller & Sarah Guido
Publisher: O’Reilly
Latest edition: 1st Edition
Online ratings: 4.4/5
Your rating: 4.5/5

Useful for those who are starting out in Machine Learning as well as for experienced programmers who need it for reference. The book has been quoted to be well-written, organised, easy for a beginner and thorough for advanced practitioners.

The book comes complete with instructions to set up a development environment and codes to run. Even professors of Machine Learning find the examples in this book very useful. It explains the fundamental concepts, the advanced methods and the practical aspects of using Machine-Learning algorithms.

Published by O’Reilly Media, this book aims at teaching the required steps to create successful algorithms.  You can purchase the book here.

10. Fluent Python: Clear, Concise and Effective Programming

MRP: Rs. 3,427

Author: Luciano Ramalho
Publisher: O’Reilly
Online ratings: 4.7/5
Your rating: 4.8/5

Like the title suggests, the book really aims at helping programmers to attain fluency in Python. Readers often claim this to be a must-have for everyone who enjoys programming and wants to learn the finer nuances and other built-in features that are specific to the language.

With excellent material for best practices and implementation details, this book is also great for those who have come from different language backgrounds. Even with very little experience in programming, readers find that the author communicates the concepts in detail.

Not for beginners but a definite read for senior programmers looking to advance their coding skills. You can purchase the book here.

11. Python Cookbook: Recipes for Mastering Python 3

MRP: Rs. 1,600

Author: David Beazley & Brain K. Jones
Publisher: O’Reilly
Latest edition: 3rd Edition
Online ratings: 4.5/5
Your rating: 4.5/5

One of the very popular choices of Python enthusiasts, this cookbook comes with examples that range from basic to advanced metaprogramming, concurrency, C extensions and more. Bundled with all the exciting techniques and crafty solutions, this book serves as excellent reference material for those who regularly programme.

Published by O’Reilly Media, authors Brian K. Jones and David Beazley documented this book with the sole purpose of helping beginners to take the leap forward into advanced Python programming. You can purchase the book here.

12. Programming Python: Powerful Object-Oriented Programming

MRP: Rs. 2,100

Author: Mark Lutz
Publisher: O’Reilly
Latest edition: 3rd Edition
Online ratings: 3.7/5
Your rating: 4/5

Another excellent option for those who have a sound beginner’s understanding of Python, this book, also published by O’Reilly Media, is an absolute necessity for those who want to continue learning and remain abreast with the technology.

Most readers who’ve read it claim that should be the absolute next book as it covers all the giant topics comprehensively and in complete detail. The only drawback of the book mentioned by most is that it’s extremely verbose and that at least 2/3rd of the book could be easily done away with, thereby making it great for purely reference purposes. You can purchase the book here.

13. Test-Driven Development with Python 2e: Obey the Testing Goat: Using Django, Selenium and, JavaScript

MRP: Rs. 4,249

Author: Harry J.w Percival
Publisher: O’Reilly
Latest edition: 2nd Edition
Online ratings: 4.6/5
Your rating: 4.7/5

Python is a versatile language. It can be used for various purposes and one of them is web application development. If you are looking to dive in deeper in web application development using python, then this is the book for you. It is a hands-on guide to learn the test-driven development(TDD) approach. You also get to learn the Basics of Django, Selenium, Git, jQuery and Mock, along with current web development techniques. Go ahead and level up your web application development skills.

Free Python Books

For those who are curious about programming in Python and want to take it out for a spin, without investing too much time or money, the following books should be good enough to get you started. Both of these books are free guides that aim to tell the masses how programming in Python can be fun and simple.

14. 20 Python Libraries You aren’t Using (But Should) [Intermediate]

Author: Caleb Hattingh
Publisher: O’Reilly
Latest edition: 2nd Edition
Online ratings: 4.6/5
Your rating: 4.7/5
Link: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/20-python-libraries/9781492037866/

This book becomes really interesting for the intermediate Python developers who are used to use the regular libraries such as NumPy, request, os and scipy. The title itself says it all. It is important to be updated about the latest developments. The collection is curated diligently by Caleb Hattingh. He has made sure that the libraries are: easy to install and use, cross-platform, applicable to more than one domain and not yet popular but likely to become so soon. These are some of the cool libraries and I hope it becomes an exploratory fun journey for you learning them.

15. Learn Python in one day and LEARN IT WELL [Beginner]

Author: Jamie Chan

Link: https://www.pdfdrive.com/learn-python-in-one-day-and-learn-it-well-python-for-beginners-with-hands-on-project-the-only-book-you-need-to-start-coding-in-python-immediately-e183833259.html

This book has a whole different approach to making learning python an experience for beginners. The philosophy of this book is learning to do python by doing. The book is aligned to fit the requirements of beginners in programming. Complex concepts are taught in simpler forms and parts. The book has sufficient examples to make your learning crystal clear. At the end of the book, there are complete projects which will push you to apply all the concepts that you learned on your way. A good book and you must try it if you just getting started.

If you wish to buy the book, here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Python version is best for beginners?

Python3 is the most recent stable version of Python and the latest stable version should be used by beginners when they start learning.

Which book should I read to learn Python?

Python for dummies and automate boring stuff in Python are two amazing books one should definitely read to learn Python.

Can I learn Python in three days?

You can definitely understand the syntax in 3 days but understanding the working of the language and applying it into your projects with ease might take months.

What should a beginner python do?

A developer who has just begun with python should start with building small projects like games and usage of python libraries. Games are an excellent way of putting the knowledge you have in a language to good use.

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