We'd like to believe that you can get all of the information you need from the internet and from the vast array of information on the USPTO website. Sadly, it doesn't work that way. When you've worn yourself out clicking on links and reach the point where you want to smash your computer to bits, it's time for a real book. Even as patent nerds ourself, we often find ourselves reaching for this trusty little tome to get a quick answer about the basic mechanics of creating a patent application - hence it's inclusion on the Way Better Patents Reading List. Even if you are working with a patent agent or attorney, this book will help you speak their language.
Patent It Yourself: Your Step-by-Step Guide to Filing at the U.S. Patent Office by David Pressman — The handbook to turn to when you are tired of mousing around the USPTO web site or in need of relief from patent attorney speak on how to get a patent.