As far as books go, for starting out with limit hold'em I really liked Lee Jones' Winning Low Limit Hold'em, it gave a great basis to start out on and put a lot of solid information into a pretty small book (might require re-reading a few times to pick up on all of it).
I also really liked Middle Limit Holdem Poker by Bob Ciaffone and Jim Brier, more good information about the game.
Once you start really understanding the game and feel you've got a solid grasp on the information in those books, then you really should read Sklansky's book: Theory of Poker. So much good information in that book, but it's not about how to play, it's about knowing more of the math and theories of playing poker.
I'm still very new to poker but I feel those three books were of great help to me. However, so much of them are about playing limit poker (set betting structure) and not about playing No Limit (no set betting structure, at any point you can raise as much as you want only limited by how many chips you have in front of you). I've read a bit about No Limit but I don't feel I've found anything that really covers the topic to a degree that I was happy with. But then again i've yet to read things like Super System.
Also, start playing online at places like partypoker.com or ultimatebet.com they let you play with play-money so you can get a feel for how the game is played, I also like ultimatebet.com because you can play in their freerolls which helps give you a little taste of what it's like playing in a tournament. However, you must never forget that there is a night and day difference between play-money games and real money games. Just cause you're doing good at play money doesn't mean a thing. And by the same right just cause you do alright in Freeroll tournaments (tournamens with no cost to enter) doesn't mean anything because usually half the people playing just throw the chips around for fun, freerolls are completely different then real money tournaments.
Also, with poker becoming more and more popular, chances are you know some people who play in a local game, even if it's for low values it's worth it to play cause you can have your friends help teach you the game.
Well like I said I'm still new to poker, but I'm having a lot of fun, I hope the above info helps but you might want to wait for some of the more experienced poker players on this forum to toss their 2 cents in too