If you are considering becoming a beekeeper, the first thing you should do is start reading and learning so you know a bit about what you'll be doing. Homegrown Honeybees by Alethea Morrison is the best place to start. It's simple, easy to read, and covers all the basics. Read it more than once. After that, here are some others to check out:
- First Lesson In Beekeeping was my second book about bees, after Homegrown Honeybees. It is highly recommended.
- The Beekeeper's Bible is a new part of my library. It has a bit about bees, a bit about the history of beekeeping, a bit about things to do with honey and beeswax, and I'm not sure what else. It's big, and also interesting and varied.
- The Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally by Michael Bush Is full of very good information, but it is a collection of material that Mr. Bush wrote on his web site and elsewhere, so it's not organized the way you might expect a book to be.
- The Hive And The Honeybee (the Dadent edition, not the historical ones) is a good reference to keep on your shelf, but don't try to read it beginning to end.
Also, reading is not the only way to learn about beekeeping. I learned many things from Don the Fat Bee Man's Youtube series.