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Best Usability Books Worth Your Attention

There are countless Usability courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) (2014)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionSince Don’t Make Me Think was first published in 2000, hundreds of thousands of Web designers and developers have relied on usability guru Steve Krug’s guide to help them understand the principles of intuitive navigation and information design. Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on the subject. Now Steve returns with fresh perspective to reexamine the principles that made Don’t Make Me Think a classic–with updated examples and a new chapter on mobile usability. And it’s still short, profusely illustrated…and…
Author(s): Steve Krug

2. Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests, Second Edition (2008)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionWhether it’s software, a cell phone, or a refrigerator, your customer wants – no, expects – your product to be easy to use. This fully revised handbook provides clear, step-by-step guidelines to help you test your product for usability. Completely updated with current industry best practices, it can give you that all-important marketplace advantage: products that perform the way users expect. You’ll learn to recognize factors that limit usability, decide where testing should occur, set up a test plan to assess goals for your product’s usability, and…
Author(s): Jeffrey Rubin , Dana Chisnell , et al.

3. Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics (Interactive Technologies) (2013)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionMeasuring the User Experience was the first book that focused on how to quantify the user experience. Now in the second edition, the authors include new material on how recent technologies have made it easier and more effective to collect a broader range of data about the user experience. As more UX and web professionals need to justify their design decisions with solid, reliable data, Measuring the User Experience provides the quantitative analysis training that these professionals need. The second edition presents new metrics such as emotional engagement, personas, keystroke analysis, and net promoter score. It also examines how new…
Author(s): William Albert, Thomas Tullis

4. Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set…Test! (2010)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionUsability Testing Essentials provides readers with the tools and techniques needed to begin usability testing or to advance their knowledge in this area. The book begins by presenting the essentials of usability testing, which include focusing on the user and not the product; knowing when to conduct small or large studies; and thinking of usability as hill climbing. It then reviews testing options and places usability testing into the context of a user-centered design (UCD). It goes on to discuss the planning, preparation, and implementation of a…
Author(s): Carol M. Barnum

5. Usability Assessment: How to Measure the Usability of Products, Services, and Systems (User’s Guides to Human Factors and Ergonomics Methods) (Volume 1) (2016)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionUsability Assessment is a concise volume for anyone requiring knowledge and practice in assessing the usability of any type of product, tool, or system before it is launched. It provides a brief history and rationale for conducting usability assessments and examples of how usability assessment methods have been applied, takes readers step by step through the process, highlights challenges and special cases, and offers real-life examples. By the end of the book, readers will have the knowledge and skills they need to conduct their own usability assessments without requiring that they read textbooks or…
Author(s): Philip Kortum

6. Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems (2009)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionIt's been known for years that usability testing can dramatically improve products. But with a typical price tag of $5,000 to $10,000 for a usability consultant to conduct each round of tests, it rarely happens. In this how-to companion to Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug spells out a streamlined approach to usability testing that anyone can easily apply to their own Web site, application, or other product. (As he said in Don't Make Me Think, “It's not rocket surgery”.) Using practical advice, plenty of illustrations, and his trademark…
Author(s): Steve Krug

7. Usability Matters: Practical UX for Developers and other Accidental Designers (2018)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionUsability Matters: Mobile-first UX for developers and other accidental designers gives you practical advice and guidance on how to create attractive, elegant, and useful user interfaces for native and web-based mobile apps. Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications. Just because a mobile app works doesn’t mean real people are going to like it. Usability matters! Most mobile developers wind up being part-time designers, and mastering a few core principles of mobile UI can make the…
Author(s): Matt Lacey

8. Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better (2012)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionFrustrated by pop-ups? Forms that make you start over if you miss a field? Nonsensical error messages? You’re not alone! This book helps you simply get it right the first time (or fix what’s broken). Boasting a full-color interior packed with design and layout examples, this book teaches you how to understand a user’s needs, divulges techniques for exceeding a user’s expectations, and provides a host of hard won advice for improving the overall quality of a user’s experience. World-renowned user-experience expert Eric Reiss shares his knowledge from decades of experience making products useable for…
Author(s): Eric Reiss

9. 3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice (2nd Edition) (Usability) (2017)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your Attention3D interaction is suddenly everywhere. But simply using 3D input or displays isn’t enough: 3D interfaces must be carefully designed for optimal user experience. is today’s most comprehensive primary reference to building state-of-the-art 3D user interfaces and interactions. Five pioneering researchers and practitioners cover the full spectrum of emerging applications, techniques, and best practices. The authors combine theoretical foundations, analysis of leading devices, and empirically validated design guidelines. This edition adds two new chapters on human factors and general…
Author(s): LaViola Jr., Joseph J., Ernst Kruijff, et al.

10. Game Usability: Advancing the Player Experience (2008)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionComputers used to be for geeks. And geeks were fine with dealing with a difficult and finicky interface–they liked this–it was even a sort of badge of honor (e.g. the Unix geeks). But making the interface really intuitive and useful–think about the first Macintosh computers–took computers far far beyond the geek crowd. The Mac made HCI (human computer interaction) and usability very popular topics in the productivity software industry. Suddenly a new kind of experience was crucial to the success of software – the user experience. Now, 20 years later, developers are applying and extending these ideas to…
Author(s): Katherine Isbister, Noah Schaffer

11. Universal Principles of Design, Revised and Updated: 125 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design (2010)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionWhether a marketing campaign or a museum exhibit, a video game or a complex control system, the design we see is the culmination of many concepts and practices brought together from a variety of disciplines. Because no one can be an expert on everything, designers have always had to scramble to find the information and know-how required to make a design work—until now. Just a few of the principles that will , , and help you : The book is so that principles can be easily and quickly referenced by name. For those interested in addressing a specific…
Author(s): William Lidwell , Kritina Holden, et al.

12. UX Wireframe Sketchbook: Mobile Device UX/UI Wireframe Sketchbook for fast UI Prototype Design and Web App Usability Testing (2019)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionVARIETY LENGTH OF WEB PAGE DESIGN FRAME: Provide 400 Mobile Device UI / UX Design templates with different length layouts to help capture your design idea without limitationNO GRID LINE: no grid line for freely design without idea blockingVIEWPORT GUIDELINE – Providing Device viewport guidelineSAVE MONEY & TIME – Using this sketchbook will help save you money by prototyping your User Interface on paper instead of spending hours to write code or paying a developer to create a prototypeFAIL FAST LEARN FAST: quickly prototype your apps to support fast usability test and learn user insight faster…
Author(s): Lium Martin

13. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition (2005)

 Best Usability Books Worth Your AttentionFive years and more than 100,000 copies after it was first published, it’s hard to imagine anyone working in Web design who hasn’t read Steve Krug’s “instant classic” on Web usability, but people are still discovering it every day.  In this second edition, Steve adds three new chapters in the same style as the original: wry and entertaining, yet loaded with insights and practical advice for novice and veteran alike.  Don’t be surprised if it completely changes the way you think about Web design. With these three new chapters: “I…
Author(s): Steve Krug

Best Usability Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some usability books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Advances in Usability and User Experience: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conferences on Usability & User Experience, and Human Factors and Assistive Technology, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA

Author(s): Tareq Ahram, Christianne Falcão
ID: 2408391, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 97 Mb, Format: pdf

Augmenting Customer Experience with SharePoint Online: Building Portals and Practices to Improve Usability

Author(s): Charles Waghmare
ID: 2467457, Publisher: Apress, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Usability Testing Essentials: Ready, Set...Test!

Author(s): Carol M. Barnum
ID: 2557204, Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann, Year: 2020, Size: 20 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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