I'm not really sure about books, I have gotten most of my reading online.
As for kits, I started with a Mr. Beer, but it is small. But then I found one of the plastic 5 gal water bottles, cleaned it up, and cut batches down for 4 gallons instead of 5.
You can modify the recipes you find online to fit what you want/need for the size batch you will make.
No need to spend a fortune for testing a hobby out.
Then once your addicted, you can spend all of your money on brewing supplies!