Answering the question “how do I get started with X?”.
One thing that the book doesn’t really handle is how to install Python “packages” — add-on modules that provide extra functionality, like downloading from the internet or making PDFs. The emerging standard for doing this seems to be “pip”, which is unfortunately (and ironically) itself sometimes difficult to install. If you’re on OSX or GNU/Linux, try
and pray. If you’re on Windows, follow an easy 5-step process (!).