Top 10 Free Python Programming Books - Download PDF or Read Online

Every Programmer loves free eBook, even more, if it comes from renowned technical book publishers like Oreilly or Manning. In the last article, I have shared some of the best free Java programming books and today I am going to share some of the equally best free Python Programming books. These books are not illegal copies which are uploaded into the internet, but they are the legal copies, made free by their author and publishers. Though these are not full-fledged books but concise eBooks, they are very informative and comprehensive enough to learn things like Data Science and Functional programming in Python.

The list contains different types of free Python books, some of them e.g. A Whirlwind Tour of Python is useful for beginners and intermediate Python developers and others like 20 Python Libraries You Aren't Using are very useful for experienced Python programmers.

The list also contains some real-world, practical advice of what not to do while working with Python in form of "How to Make Mistakes in Python" free eBook. This is the one I liked most because we all make mistakes and if we continue to learn from our own mistakes we won't learn much in whole life, but if start learning from other's mistakes then we can quickly learn a lot of things. Also learning from the own mistake is very costly, so you should always try to learn from other's mistake to avoid the same situation in your project and career. This free eBook is full of such stories.

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So, without wasting any more times, here is my collection of free Python books which you will love. These books are not old and out-dated, they are quite latest and cover latest and greatest information. They are the best quality material which is made free by their author and publisher. You can also download each of these books in PDF, MOBI or EPUB format after signing Oreilly Newsletter.

1. A Whirlwind Tour of Python
Author: DescriptoinJake VanderPlas
Description: This free Python eBooks will teach you the syntax, semantics, and patterns so that you can take advantages of the Python's open data science stack e.g. NumPy, Pandas, Matplotlib, Scikit etc. In this short book, Jake VanderPlas, author of Python Data Science Handbook explains Python’s essential syntax and semantics, built-in data types and structures, function definitions, control flow statements, and more, using Python 3 syntax.

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In short, these free Python books provide a brief yet comprehensive introduction to Python for engineers, researchers, and data scientists who are already familiar with another programming language e.g. Java, C++, or Ruby.

2. 20 Python Libraries You Aren't Using (But Should)
Author: Caleb Hattingh
This free Python programming book will help you to explore some of the lesser-known Python libraries and tools, including third-party modules and several extremely useful tools in the standard library that deserve more attention. Author Caleb Hattingh diligently spent time finding and testing hidden gems in the huge crowd of Python open source libraries that fit several criteria e.g. easy to install and use, cross-platform, applicable to more than one domain, and not yet popular but likely to become so soon. You will learn about little-known standard library modules: collections, contextlib, concurrent.futures, logging and sched in Python.

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3. Hadoop with Python
Author: Zachary Radtka and Donald Miner
Hadoop is mostly written in Java, but that doesn't exclude the use of other programming languages with this distributed storage and processing framework, particularly Python.  Zachary Radtka and Donald Miner, author of the O'Reilly book MapReduce Design Patterns takes you through the basic concepts behind Hadoop, MapReduce, Pig, and Spark. He is the a, which is based on his experiences as a MapReduce developer.

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In this short and concise free Python ebook, you'll learn how to use Python with the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), MapReduce, the Apache Pig platform and Pig Latin script, and the Apache Spark cluster computing framework.

4. How to Make Mistakes in Python
Author: Mike Pirnat
Even the best programmers make mistakes, and experienced programmer Mike Pirnat has made his share during 15+ years with Python. Some have been simple and silly; others were embarrassing and downright costly. In this free Python eBook, he dissects some of his most memorable blunders, peeling them back layer-by-layer to reveal just what went wrong.

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For example, you could install every third-party package that looks interesting and ends up with a tangled mess where nothing works right. Or you could write a test that manages to break the build. Mike’s done both and so much more. By avoiding these missteps, you’ll be free to make truly significant mistakes—the ones that advance the art of programming.

5. Functional Programming in Python
Author: David Mertz
Python is not a functional programming language, but it is a multi-paradigm language that makes functional programming easy to perform, and easy to mix with other programming styles. In this free Python book David Mertz, author of Text Processing in Python, examines the functional aspects of the language and points out which options work well and which ones you should generally decline.

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David Mertz describes ways to avoid Python’s imperative-style flow control, the nuances of callable functions, how to work lazily with iterators, and the use of higher-order functions.You will also learn several third-party Python libraries useful for functional programming in this free Python functional programming book.

6. Python in Education
Author: Nicholas Tollervey
You’ve probably heard about the computing revolution in schools, and perhaps you’ve even heard of Raspberry Pi. The Python programming language is at the center of these fundamental changes in computing education. Whether you’re a programmer, teacher, student, or parent, this reports arms you with the facts and information you need to understand where Python sits within this context.

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In this free Python eBook, Author Nicholas Tollervey, author of Programming with MicroPython: Embedded Programming with Microcontrollers and Python book, takes you through the features that make Python appropriate for education and explains how an active Python community supports educational outreach. You’ll also learn how Raspberry Pi is inspiring a new generation of programmers with Python’s help.

7. Picking a Python Version: A Manifesto
Author: David Mertz
This free Python eBook guides you through the implicit decision tree of choosing what Python version, implementation, and distribution are best suited for you. It weighs and discusses the merits of each of these choices, and briefly discusses the reasons each option exists

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Python Cookbook
Author: By David Beazley and Brian K. Jones
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If you need help writing programs in Python 3 or want to update older Python 2 code, this free  Python cookbook is just what the doctor ordered. This book is full of practical recipes written and tested with Python 3.3, this unique free book is for experienced Python programmers who want to focus on modern tools and idioms.

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Inside this book, you’ll find complete recipes for more than a dozen topics, covering the core Python language as well as tasks common to a wide variety of application domains. Each recipe contains code examples you can use in your projects right away, along with a discussion about how and why the solution works. The books are free for reading online but if you want eBook you can buy it here.

Python for Everybody
The goal of this free Python Programming book is to provide an Informatics-oriented introduction to programming. The primary difference between a computer science approach and the Informatics approach taken in this book is a greater focus on using Python to solve data analysis problems common in the world of Informatics. The Python 2 version of the book is still available. You can download this free Python book in PDF, EPUB, and HTML format.

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Test-Driven Development with Python
Author: by Harry Percival
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Test-Driven Development with Python focuses on web development, with some coverage of JavaScript. This free Python book uses a concrete example and explains how to developer a website, from scratch to teach the TDD methodology. It also explains how it applies to web programming, from the basics of database integration and javascript, going via browser automation tools like Selenium, to advanced (and trendy) topics like NoSQL, web sockets and Async programming. This book is only free for reading online, you cannot download PDF or EPUB version, if you need then you can buy the eBook from Amazon.

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Python Web Frameworks
Author Carlos De La Guardia
Even though JavaScript tools dominate today’s web development landscape, Python provides aspiring web developers with a wide variety of useful web frameworks, written in a powerful, easy-to-learn language. This free Python eBook surveys 30 Python web frameworks that have more than 1,000 monthly downloads and provides a deeper look into six of the most widely used.

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Carlos De La Guardia, the author of Web Development with Grok, introduces Python frameworks like Appier, Cyclone, and Fantastico to Grok, Muffin, and Twisted and Dive into details on the top six Python frameworks e.g. Django, Flask, Tornado, Bottle, Pyramid, and CherryPy.

That's all about some of the best free Python Programming eBooks. You can download this book on PDF, MOBI, or EPUB format for online and offline reading. Though these books are short and concise, but still contains a wealth of information for Python developers and anyone wishes to learn more about Python.

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