Review of 16 Joomla Books from Amazon

Cover Title Author Sales Rank * Rating ** Reviews **
Book Cover Joomla! 1.5: A User’s Guide: Building a Successful Joomla! Powered Website Barrie M. North 6,527 4 77
Book Cover Using Joomla: Building Powerful and Efficient Web Sites Ron Severdia
Kenneth Crowder
22,554 5 3
Book Cover Joomla! For Dummies Steve Holzner
Nancy Conner
25,554 4 16
Book Cover Joomla! Start to Finish: How to Plan, Execute, and Maintain Your Web Site Jen Kramer 30,551 5 1
Book Cover Building Websites with Joomla! 1.5 Hagen Graf 48,105 3.5 9
Book Cover Beginning Joomla! Dan Rahmel 48,165 4.5 44
Book Cover Joomla! 1.5 Template Design *** Tessa Blakeley Silver 48,687 3 6
Book Cover Joomla! Bible Ric Shreves 54,447 3 2
Book Cover Beginning Joomla! Web Site Development *** Cory Webb 79,612 3.5 6
Book Cover Joomla! 1.5 Development Cookbook *** James Kennard 134,376 5 2
Book Cover Joomla! E-Commerce with VirtueMart *** Suhreed Sarkar 207,842 4 1
Book Cover Learning Joomla! 1.5 Extension Development *** Joseph LeBlanc 147,799 4 9
Book Cover Joomla!: Visual QuickStart Guide Marni Derr 407,866 3 10
Book Cover Joomla! Web Security *** Tom Canavan 223,544 3.5 7
Book Cover Mastering Joomla! 1.5 Extension and Framework Development *** James Kennard 225,522 3 11
Book Cover Fundamentals of Joomla! ( DVD Video Training) Barrie M. North 516,225 4 5

* Sales ranks can jump around A LOT. These numbers will have changed by the time you read this blog post! If you want a quick and easy way to compare books, check out Titlez.com (if anyone knows a way to get data average over a longer period, please let me know!)

** Studies have shown that the first few reviews of a book are always higher than later ones. A good rule of thumb is to consider the number of reviews (i.e. consistency) along with the actual average rating.

*** These books are either ones targeted at programming/development, or ones focused on a specific subject within Joomla. As such, one needs to be careful comparing their rank to the other, more general titles.