Books on TeX, Plain TeX and relations

While Knuth’s book is the definitive reference for both TeX and Plain TeX, there are many books covering these topics:

The TeXbook
by Donald Knuth (Addison-Wesley, 1984, ISBN-10 0-201-13447-0, paperback ISBN-10 0-201-13448-9)
A Beginner’s Book of TeX
by Raymond Seroul and Silvio Levy, (Springer Verlag, 1992, ISBN-10 0-387-97562-4)
TeX by Example: A Beginner’s Guide
by Arvind Borde (Academic Press, 1992, ISBN-10 0-12-117650-9 — now out of print)
Introduction to TeX
by Norbert Schwarz (Addison-Wesley, 1989, ISBN-10 0-201-51141-X — now out of print)
A Plain TeX Primer
by Malcolm Clark (Oxford University Press, 1993, ISBNs 0-198-53724-7 (hardback) and 0-198-53784-0 (paperback))
A TeX Primer for Scientists
by Stanley Sawyer and Steven Krantz (CRC Press, 1994, ISBN-10 0-849-37159-7)
TeX by Topic
by Victor Eijkhout (Addison-Wesley, 1992, ISBN-10 0-201-56882-9 — now out of print, but see online books; you can also now buy a copy printed, on demand, by Lulu — see
TeX for the Beginner
by Wynter Snow (Addison-Wesley, 1992, ISBN-10 0-201-54799-6)
TeX for the Impatient
by Paul W. Abrahams, Karl Berry and Kathryn A. Hargreaves (Addison-Wesley, 1990, ISBN-10 0-201-51375-7 — now out of print, but see online books)
TeX in Practice
by Stephan von Bechtolsheim (Springer Verlag, 1993, 4 volumes, ISBN-10 3-540-97296-X for the set, or Vol. 1: ISBN-10 0-387-97595-0, Vol. 2: ISBN-10 0-387-97596-9, Vol. 3: ISBN-10 0-387-97597-7, and Vol. 4: ISBN-10 0-387-97598-5)
TeX: Starting from Square One
by Michael Doob (Springer Verlag, 1993, ISBN-10 3-540-56441-1 — now out of print)
The Joy of TeX
by Michael D. Spivak (second edition, AMS, 1990, ISBN-10 0-821-82997-1)
The Advanced TeXbook
by David Salomon (Springer Verlag, 1995, ISBN-10 0-387-94556-3)
A collection of Knuth’s publications about typography is also available:
Digital Typography
by Donald Knuth (CSLI and Cambridge University Press, 1999, ISBN-10 1-57586-011-2, paperback ISBN-10 1-57586-010-4).
and in late 2000, a “Millennium Boxed Set” of all 5 volumes of Knuth’s “Computers and Typesetting” series (about TeX and MetaFont) was published by Addison Wesley:
Computers & Typesetting, Volumes A–E Boxed Set
by Donald Knuth (Addison-Wesley, 2001, ISBN-10 0-201-73416-8).

This answer last edited: 2011-06-01