Thie Photography Books Authors are for you to learn and step forward on your photography, this list is not of books of photographs.
Those are those books that give you inspiring insights on how to take better images.
John Hedgecoe is an old fellow, but his books are very nice to read. He passed away in 2010, but this one is one of the best, The Art of Digital Photography
Bryan Peterson He has several good books, Learning to See Creatively and Understanding Exposure are my personal favorites. Its an easy reading, but once in a while you come back there and you allways find something new to help you move forward with your photography.
Michael Freeman The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos is probably one of the best books I´ve ever read on composition, but he has other nice ones,
Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure is very good, The Photographers Mind and the Photographers Vision I am reading right now.
Joe McNally is an amazing photographer, his Hot Shoe Diaries is a tremendous source of inspiration. A must for flash photography. Besides that Joe is a hot gun photographer, he is the real deal.
David du Chemin This is really inspiring reading, Within the Frame. More philosophical reading, that helps you do better images.
Now, on the technical processing side.
Martin Evening Besides being a tremendous photographer, his series of books on Photoshop, Lightroom are very easy and straightforward to read (but bulky to hold...)
Tim Grey Tim Grey stopped in CS3, I dont know why, he totally opened my eyes on how to process using masks, the book is still available and its still valuable even today.
Scott Kelby Scott has a series of books on all the major processing softwares available. He has a very didatic way of explaining it to you. Besides software, Scott has a series of field books, The digital Photography book, is a series of tips, you will find some amazing things inside it. Its a good reading,
National Geographic field guide is a very good start, full with high quality information in a pocket size. It cover all the basics.
Well, I think this pretty much covers the more important aspects.
Those other two are for more advanced usres, to expand their horizons.
Harald Mante The Photograph was translated to english, I dont know if he has any other books in english since he only writes in german. This is a book on composition and color design.
It analysis the diferent elements that form an image and the interelationship between them, the point, the line, the frame, the area, etc...
It can really help you step forward on your images, once in a while I go back to it.
Richard Zakin Perception and Imaging, is a book that analysis the relationship of the elements of an image, is deep thought on the subject.
Well folks, I hope this help you, if you have any question, feel free to ask me.