TeX Books & Online Tutorials

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This is just a short list of material that is available for those beginning to use LaTeX.
Check the TeX Resources on the Web webpage at TUG for a more comprehensive list of publications, and TeX Related Publiations provided by the American Mathematical Society.

LaTeX Books

Among the books commonly recommended are

More Math into LaTeX, 5th Edition (2007)
by George Gratzer.
The LaTeX Companion, Second Edition (2004)
by Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, Chris Rowley
Guide to LaTeX (4th edition, 2003)
by Helmut Kopka and Patrick W. Daly,
First Steps in LaTeX (1999)
[ is for the mathematician, physicist, engineer, scientist, or technical typist who needs to quickly learn how to typeset articles containing mathematical formulas. ]
by George Gratzer.
The LaTeX-Graphics-Companion-Illustrating Documents with TeX and Postscript (1997)
by Michel Goosens, Sebastian Rahtz, and Frank Mittlebach.
LaTeX: A Document Preparation System (2nd Edition, 1994)
by Leslie Lamport,
These can be found on Amazon.com, and in many bookstores. Several free book length introductions are available on the web; among the most successful are
Math into LaTeX, A Short Course (2007)
[ This, Part I to Grätzer's More Math into LaTeX, is freely available from CTAN as a PDF file. ]
by George Gratzer.
The Not So Short Introduction To LaTeX 2e (latest edition 2006)
[ Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish ]
by Tobias Oetiker.

LaTeX Online

Free tutorials and beginner books are available on line.
Online tutorials on LATEX
by the Indian TeX Users Group.
LaTeX Tutorials - A Primer
from the ltxprimer project
LaTeX/Absolute Beginners
by Wikibooks, the open-content textbooks collection.
Getting to grips with Latex
by Andrew Roberts.

Starting Off with Mac OS X

Some references specifically to help beginners start off with TeX on Mac OS X are:
Trying Out TeX on Mac OS X
by the TUG TeXnical Working Group.