I agree with the beekeeping for dummies, although I do not have the newer version just released.
Once you have one book, you'll quickly follow-up with a second. Keep your eye open at flea markets, on-line, etc., and soon you'll have a few to choose from on those cold nights. And if you get them cheap, that's the best bee book out there. Each book has a different perspective. All miss something, so I like each for different reasons.
I started into beekeeping after a 25 year break ( life is what happens while you are making other plans) with the idea that doing it Organic for lack of a better term. We ( my bride and I ) are trying to live and eat better and thet means putting more effort to make more of our own food stuff. It occurred to me a while back that a good way to keep bees and grow gardens without pesticides and poisons wold be to get some 100 year + old books and try to do it the old way. I boughe a 1900 ish copy of ABC's of beekeeping and not only is it a great find but what a great scource of humor. They have about 10 pages explaining that beekeeping can actualy be done by women if they have enough help, way funny, I have seen my readhead ( 135 lbs or so ) with a 150lb rottweiler over her sholder because the two of them were having a contest to see who was going to be the boss, I think she can move a super or two if she wanted. Anyhow some of the old old books have I think a lot of god info, some has perhaps been left out of the newer ones.
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