ABC-XYZ of beekeeping, The how to do it book of beekeeping by Richard Taylor, Natural Beekeeping by Ross Conrad. I would also agree with staying active in the forums because no book can have all the answers. As far as permits and such you will have to get that answer from a fellow Nebraskan. And always remember what someone else said in here...."Never say never or always when it comes to bees" If you are anything like the rest of us then get ready to fall headfirst into the addiction that is beekeeping!!