I'm an advocate of using how-to books to learn stuff. My first educational exposure to Solidworks was the now famous and widely used Planchard & Planchard books (who hasn't modeled that flashlight by now?). In the past few years, new offering have arisen from different authors, further expanding the field of available books. A few years back Greg Jankowski wrote his first installment of the Solidworks for dummies book. Greg is back for a Second Edition, and this time has teamed up with Solidworks User Group Community manager Richard Doyle. Not to be forgotten of course is the Solidworks Bible expertly penned by the guru himself Matt Lombard. Rumor has it Matt is working on a surfacing book due for release early next year!
When asked by attendees at our User Group meetings what books are good, this is the direction I send them. So if you are looking for some good, well written how-to books, check out all four of those authors. I'm starting to feel a little inadequate now, so if I disappear from here for a little while, I will be working on a book!