I recently purchased "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beekeeping." It was written by our own Dean Stiglitz and Laurie Herboldsheimer.
This has to be the best beginners beekeeping book I have ever read. If not for its interesting and thorough exploration of the basics of beekeeping, then for its being the only beginners beekeeping book that I have ever seen that advocates treatment free beekeeping.
The book showed up yesterday. It can be purchased from Amazon.com for a very reasonable price especially used. I spent a good portion of the evening leafing through it and reading many sections in it.
It's a very good book, and the only book at this point that I will be recommending to new beekeepers. I just wish somebody wrote a book called "The Inquisitive Person's Guide to..."