When I started running, I read a lot of books and websites. Here are books I have read and highly recommend (affiliate links).

A great book for all runners, especially beginners.

The book that sparked the current wave of barefoot/minimalist debates and footwear options. A fun read.

I followed the principles of this book to train for the 2011 Myrtle Beach Marathon. I recommend it for older runners or injury-prone runners. Has plans for shorter distances as well.