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The best book on energy of all kinds is David Mackay's sobering and objective 'Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air'. If you only have time for one book on energy, this is it! UIT Cambridge, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9544529-3-3. As a service to the human race, Mackay put it all up for free on the web..

A good start on wave energy is Chapter 8 ('Wave Energy') by Les Ducker in the 2nd Edition of the Open University book: 'Renewable Energy - power for a sustainable future', Editor: Godfrey Boyle, Oxford University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-19-926178-4. Although many major projects have started up since then, this remains a very good introduction to the subject.

An older but more detailed treatment of the fundamentals is in Chapter 12 of 'Renewable Energy Resources', by John Twidell and Tony Weir, Spon, 1985, ISBN 0-419-12010-6.

You may want to know more about waves - how they're generated by wind, how they're measured, what happens in shallow water, how they're forecast, how their directional properties are assessed. There is a wonderful but hard to get hold of book: 'Waves in Ocean Engineering', M.J.Tucker & E.G. Pitt, Elsevier, 2001, ISBN 0-08-043566-1. Tucker started working with waves in 1944 and spent six years writing this book after retiring from the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences. This second edition of the book has been substantially revised by his colleague Ted Pitt. The book covers most aspects of waves with mathematical treatments that are accessible to the interested reader, but there is also a lot of contextual information about the recent post-war history of wave measurements and analysis which makes it a most enjoyable read.

A classic journalistic account by a distinguished author who followed developments from the beginning is: 'Power from the Waves', David Ross, Oxford University Press, 1995, ISBN 0-19-856511-9

At a higher and more mathematical level there is a very good by a long established and well respected Norwegian wave energy expert:'Ocean Waves and Oscillating Systems', Johannes Falnes, Cambridge University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-521-78211-2

Many of the practicalities of wave energy are covered in the recent Ocean Wave Energy - Current Status and Future Perspectives, edited by Joao Cruz and published by Springer in 2008.