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

 

1. High Performance Browser Networking

This book is about the network, from fundamental limitations that affect performance to major innovations for building even more powerful browser applications.

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2. Time Is Money

This book is about performance problems and the various technologies created to fight them. How to pioneer new metrics and create a culture of performance.

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3.  High Performance Web Sites

Want your web site to display more quickly? This book presents 14 specific rules that will cut 25% to 50% off response time when users request a page.

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4.  Even Faster Websites

Steve Souders, plus Dion Almaer, Doug Crockford, Ben Galbraith, Tony Gentilcore, Dylan Schiemann, Stoyan Stefanov, Nicole Sullivan, Nicholas C. Zakas.

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5.  High Performance Mobile Web

Maximiliano Firtman demonstrates which aspects of your site or app slow down the user’s experience, and what you can do to achieve lightning-fast performance

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6.  Inclusive Components

The in-depth explorations are meticulously illustrated and code examples culminate as bulletproof code snippets, applicable to your work right away.

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7.  Using WebPageTest

This practical guide shows users how run tests & interpret results to gain a better and more thorough understanding of hidden features in WebPageTest.

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8.  Information Architecture 

For UX designers, product managers, developers – essential concepts, methods, and techniques for digital design that have withstood the test of time.

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9.  Web Performance Daybook (Volume 2)

In this remarkable guide, 32 leading web performance experts offer practical tips, techniques and advice for optimizing your website’s user experience

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10.  Learning HTTP/2

This practical guide demonstrates how the latest version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol can dramatically improve website & application performance

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11.  New Frontiers in Web Design

Explores uncharted territories and seeks to discover new reliable front-end, web performance and UX techniques.

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12.  Progressive Web Apps

Build your audience, increase revenue, and widen the web’s reach-all with the power of progressive web apps.

 

13.  Eloquent Javascript

The current state of JavaScript and web browsers and includes brand-new material on features like class notation, arrow functions, iterators, async functions, template strings, and block scope

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14.  Web Performance In Action

Speed up the delivery of your site’s assets to the user, increase rendering speed, decrease the overall footprint of your site, as well as how to build a workflow that automates common optimization techniques

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15.  Designing For Web Performance 

In her book, Lara Hogan helps you approach projects with page speed in mind, showing you how to test and benchmark which design choices are most critical.

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16.  High Performance Responsive Design

Responsive design patterns and anti-patterns, derived from heavily used real-world sites, are guiding principles throughout the book

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17.  JavaScript: The Good Parts

The real beauty? As you move ahead with the subset of JavaScript that this book presents, you’ll also sidestep the need to unlearn all the bad parts.

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18.  Front-End Tooling 

How to use and combine these popular tools to set up a customized development workflow from start to finish.

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19.  HTTP/2 In Action

This book presents key HTTP/2 concepts such as frames, streams, multiplexing and explores how they affect the performance & behavior of your websites.

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20.  Responsive & Fast

Podjarny presents a series of increasingly larger-scope solutions to each issue, including client-side techniques and RESS (Responsive + Server Side).

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21.  Javascript: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Learn JavaScript Programming Step by Step

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22.  The Art of SEO

Site speed & SEO go hand in hand. This book shares guidelines and innovative techniques that will help you plan and execute a comprehensive SEO strategy.

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23.  Async & Performance 

As part of the “You Don’t Know JS” series, this guide focuses on new asynchronous features & techniques, including Promises, generators & Web Workers.

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24.  High Performance Images

Master the many facets of delivering high performance images on the internet—without adversely affecting site performance

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25.  Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps teaches you PWA design and the skills you need to build fast, reliable websites by taking you step-by-step through real world examples in this practical tutorial.

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26.  Performance Tools

A collection of practical articles on front-end website performance for front-end developers. It’s packed with useful, real world hints and tips that you can use on your sites today

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27.  Building Progressive Web Apps

How—and why—to develop web apps that take advantage of features that have so far been exclusive to native apps

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28.  Mobile First

Data-driven strategies and battle-tested techniques will make you a master of mobile-and improve your non-mobile design, too!

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29.  Responsive Web Design

Deliver a quality experience to your users no matter how large (or small) their display

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30.  High Performance JavaScript

The best practices to build and deploy your files to a production environment, and tools that can help you find problems once your site goes live

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31.  DOM Scripting

Web Design with JS and the DOM focuses on JS for adding dynamic effects and manipulating page structure on the fly using the DOM. A brilliant 10yr-old!

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32.  Progressive Web Application Development by Example

Leverage the full potential of the web to make your web sites better than native applications for every platform

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33.  Mobile Web Performance Optimization

This book takes a step-by-step approach to mobile web optimization, explaining the topics in a conversational and easy-to-follow style. Each topic includes detailed explanations of the basic and advanced features of mobile web optimization.

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34.  Professional Website Performance

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35.  Web Performance Tuning

Some things have never changed. This book from 2002 is a brilliant must read: site architecture, security, reliability, and their impact on performance.

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36.  Website Optimization

Old classic performance read: Today, website optimization can spell the difference between enterprise success and failure, and it takes a lot more know-how to achieve success.

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37.  Complete Web Monitoring

How to measure every aspect of your web presence — including analytics, backend performance, usability, communities, customer feedback, and competitive analysis

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38.  Speed Up Your Site

So old. Still good. 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.

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