Best books on usability and web interface design

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  • Don't Make Me Think! by Steve Krug - Good overview of basic web usability principles
  • Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems by Steve Krug - How-to companion to Don't Make Me Think!
  • Designing Interfaces: Patterns for Effective Interaction Design by Jennifer Tidwell - Great reference
  • Homepage Usability: 50 Websites Deconstructed by Jacob Nielsen & Marie Tahir - A clear, concise examination of website usability that includes design guidelines and design statistics. An excellent resource for conducting a usability review of your current or potential site.
  • Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction by Helen Sharp - Covers methods for user experience research and how to apply that to design
  • The Elements of user experience : user-centered design for the web by Jesse James Garrett - excellent and concise summary of website/interact web app design process. You can read chapter 3 (the key introduction) online on Garrett's site.
  • Designing for Interaction by Dan Saffer - Excellent resource for anyone interested to learn how to design effective user interfaces.