With the geometric explosion of ever briefer (hello, Twitter!) electronic resource materials the past few years, you might think the need for long-form books is declining.

Think again.

From ancient history's clay tablets to today's print on demand, books still fill a vital niche in our ability to store and transmit information. Especially when the system is down and you don't quite remember (or haven't yet learned) the keyboard incantations to make things right again.

To that end, TechNet is happy to present a Featured Books page, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dd644554.aspx, organized by product and technology, that we feel will help you solve problems and gain new skills to keep your career headed in the right direction. We'll be expanding the lists in the next few weeks down into the TechCenters themselves and the product and technologies we cover, so consider this page just a start, and let us know if you think we've overlooked the best books for the category.

Happy reading!