Thank you for your post.
As an employee of FileMaker, I can't recommend a book because it would appear that I'm advertising.
I'm sure other users will reply with their favorites books, but I would urge you to visit a large bookstores like Borders or Barnes & Noble and look through the different FileMaker books. What may be easy for one person's recommendation may be confusing to another, so take a few minutes to skim through the books and see what make sense for you.
i'll certainly be doing that, i just find that these days its rare to have much selection on the shelves at the bookshops (certainly in the UK) and if there is a few that are really good i would be able to hunt them out.
I would not take it as advertising...as an employee i would take it as an educated choice made by someone who really should know!
I purchased the $99 book from FM and it's pretty good, if you are just getting started. It's a step-by-step tutorial that comes with a CD that contain the examples.
My two cents.... :-)
I learned a lot from the training videos at VTC.com by John Mark Osborne. Of course, a book is much better for reference. Sorry I don't have one to recommend.
My favorite is USING FILEMAKER 9
thanks everyone for the suggestions,
i'll check 'em out
You might investigate (granted, are videos, not books)
Filemaker on lynda.com
Each has some sessions viewable for free to get a sense.