On the Contextures website, I’ve got a long list of Excel books. They range from books for absolute beginners, to specialized books on statistics and financial modeling.
Here are the advanced beginner books that I suggested to Stephan – do you agree with these choices?
- Excel 2010: The Missing Manual; Matthew MacDonald; ISBN: 1449382355; 898 pages; 2010; US$39.99
- Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step; Curtis Frye; ISBN: 0735626944; 480 pages; 2010; US$29.99
- Slaying Excel Dragons: A Beginners Guide to Conquering Excel’s Frustrations and Making Excel Fun; Mike Girvin, Bill Jelen; Holy Macro! Books; ISBN: 978-1615470006; 532 pages; 2011; US$29.95
- Excel 2010 All-in-One For Dummies; Greg Harvey; ISBN: 0470489596; 792 pages; 2010; US$
Check the Contents
Before you buy an Excel book, use the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon, if available, to see what the writing style is like, and check the table of contents. The quick peek will give you a general overview of the book, and should help you decide if it’s right for you.
Read the Reviews
The customer reviews can be helpful too – both the negative and positive ones. Sometimes another person doesn’t like a book because it’s not for absolute beginners, and that might be a positive thing for you. And there’s always the possibility that some of the glowing reviews were written by the author’s mother or friends! 😉
If you can get to a bookstore, you can flip through the Excel books there, and head home with a few that you like. It usually costs a bit more than shopping online, but it’s worth it, to find the books that are best suited to your needs and learning style.