If you like simple reading get Beekeeping for Dummies. It's very basic and easy to follow. If you want something more complicated see Dadants The Hive and the Honeybee.It's available in most libraries I've been to.
Heres another site you can check out.http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/
As far as equipment,Id get all medium boxes for interchangeability and less weight. I use a beejacket with Zip on hood,get the largest smoker you can afford,they work better than the economy small one (and not much more money).And get mouse guards to put on in early fall(Important,but often overlooked).A hive tool is a necessity and a bee brush is very handy.