'closet cultivator' by ed rosenthal is an excellent book for beginners in indoor growing who want to start with a low budget etc.
I used to own a copy when I first started out years ago and found it to contain really good advice and some ingenious but cheap small scale hydro systems.
also for advanced reading I would recommend the marijuana growers handbook/bible again by ed rosenthal, this book contains a lot of information for advaced tehniques as well as scientific information about the plant and T.H.C etc.
I have many years experience as a grower now with hydroponic (mainly NFT) on a modest scale as well as indoor organic using soil.
in recent times I have grown small scale in closets/cupboards using pots filled with clay pebbles and hand feeding them, the knowledge and information I obtained through reading 'closet cultivator' has certainly help with my most recent grow projects
so definately highly recommended reading for first time growers.
hope this helps