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Amazon's Best Javascript Books For 2016

Best Javascript Books
I am frequently asked which paperback book is the "best book on javascript" I can recommend, and I can never come up with an answer (primarily because I hardly ever read paperback books). I get asked this so many times, that I decided it's time to develop a formal opinion, but instead of reading every possible Javascript book on the planet, I decided to do what I do best and look at the data.

Picking The Best Javascript Book On Amazon

There are 1018 paperback books in English for sale on Amazon that have the term 'Javascript' in their title.  That's a pretty big pile to work with, so I chose to focus on books that have a large enough number of reviews. To make sure I balance out between extremely old (and outdated) Javascript books that have many old reviews, I picked out the books with at least 11 reviews per year, since the date they were published (11 being the median reviews per year value). I was left with 35 potentially best Javascript books.

It occurred to me that beginners and more advanced programmers are probably looking for different things, so I proceeded to segment the list of books by their target audience and ended up with 19 books intended for Beginners and 16 for Non-Beginners. I also figured price could be a factor so I also isolated the really low-cost books (under $10).

Now it's time to rank each of the books in each segments and announce the best Javascript book in each category, but by what metric? The Amazon rating system has a lot of noise in it, and it's hard to differentiate between books based on such slight differences (most books are between 4 and 5 in average rating). Finally, I decided to ignore Amazons average rating metric and focus on 5-star reviews (the highest possible) and 1-star reviews (the lowest possible) as these seem to me like more confident reviews. My winners would be the books with the least 1-star reviews and the most 5-star reviews in each category. And here they are:

Amazon's Best Javascript Book for Beginners

Eloquent Javascript Amazon
Title: Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming
By: Marijn Haverbeke
Reviews: 20 5-star reviews and no 1-star reviews
Price: $27.92

Eloquent JavaScript dives deep into the JavaScript language to show you how to write beautiful, effective code. Author Marijn Haverbeke immerses you in example code from the start, while exercises... Read more

Amazon's Best Javascript Book For Non-Beginners

Best Javascript Book for Advanced Users
Title: The Principles of Object-Oriented JavaScript
By: Nicholas C. Zakas
Reviews:  82 5-star reviews and no 1-star reviews.
Price: $15.87

If you've used a more traditional object-oriented language, such as C++ or Java, JavaScript probably doesn't seem object-oriented at all. It has no concept of classes, and you don't even need to define any objects... Read more

Amazon's Best Javascript Book For Under $10

Title: JavaScript: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide!
By: Andrew Johansen
Reviews:  79 5-star reviews and 1 1-star reviews.
Price: $9.99

This Book will help you become an effective JavaScript user. If you want to learn the basics of the JavaScript language quickly and easily, then you must get this book now... Read more

Disclaimer: I have never read any of these books nor have I been commissioned or compensated by any of the participants in this analysis. The results are strictly based on public wisdom of the crowds data.
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