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Why share the library of the web performance books while there’s a substantial collection of fantastic websites and articles on the net? When it comes to web content, you can easily find what you need through many different paths, from search engines and social media to playlists and blogs, jumping from one source to another with just a tap of a finger. Take, for example, The Web Almanac, the golden collection of Big Data combined with the collective intelligence from most of the authors listed below, brilliantly spearheaded by Google’s @rick_viscomi.

Yet, we wanted to put together our list of the top web performance books for anyone who cares about speed of the web and would like to explore the timeline of web performance engineering milestones over nearly two decades through the lens of published books. These are the bestsellers in the web performance field, including the good old Speed Up Your Site (2003) by Andy King; Steve Souders’ Even Faster Web Sites (2009); Ilya Grigorik’s High Performance Browser Networking (2013) ; Tammy Everts’ Time is Money (2016); and a handful of more recent publications.

You’re sure to want to place a few (or all) of the titles from this indispensable collection on your own shelf or have them at your fingertips in digital form. Read on!

“There’s a time bomb on the web: user patience. It starts ticking each time someone opens one of your pages. You only have a few seconds to get compelling content onto the screen. Fail, and you can kiss your customers and profits goodbye.” – Andy King, 2003
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