Those reading sources can be downloaded to your computer if you add "plf" sources to your source list. Google for easy urpmi and you'll get the page where you can make a source list with copy/paste. There are a few other good books you can have right on your computer as well, but Rute is very good (arguably one of the best ever written). Try www.tldp.org.
All the howtos and man pages in one spot there.
And, don't forget to check right here
Your question is popular here. By putting "linux basics" as a search term in the LQ search engine (the button above these forums), I got this page
with 274 threads. Happy reading and googling