Photography, 10th ed - This book is one of the mainstays of basic photography. An incredible amount of students have used this book to learn the basics and then some. It is incredibly comprehensive in its coverage of photography and is used as a textbook in many schools.
Packed with photos, you'll cover the basics such as exposure, depth of field and basic lighting. This is an excellent book to have when you want to learn simple technique and "how" to look at and approach taking photographs.