I love the books done by DK publishers; their books are always very informative and very visual with nice photos to help explain the topic.
This is why when I was at Costco the other week I had to pick up the book, "Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement: A Step-By-Step Guide".
My wife asked me why I needed another home improvement book but this one was different.
I've read other books in the past but often the authors assume that you have a basic knowledge or tools an terminology. The DK book explains even the VERY basic; it even shows you how to use a screwdriver, ladder and saw! Believe it or not a lot of people don't know the proper technique to use these basic tools which includes me!
The pictures are very helpful and explain things step by step. I wish I had this book years ago; it could have saved me from making a lot of mistakes.
Unlike other books it also was a true Canadian version, instead of an American book with a 2 page addition for Canadians tacked on.
Another great thing is that the book includes many green and energy efficient topics for the home along with excellent photos. I learned a lot from this book on things like rain catchment and grey water systems which until now I wasn't able to discover much about other than that they existed and were available.
I really recommend this book. It's great for not only the beginner who wants to do a few simple things around the home but also for those doing major renovations or building.
(Canadian version above with Link)