Book review: American Canoe Association, Essentials of Kayak Touring, Menasha Ridge Press, http://www.menasharidge.com/aca_flatwater.htm
This book is designed for use in a beginner class. Each chapter ends with a quiz for the student to answer, in workbook format. Each chapter begins with the exploits of some poor beginner named "Rick" who makes every mistake a paddler can make, from buying the wrong gear to capsizing in a shipping lane. Without an instructor, a beginner probably couldn't figure out everywhere poor Rick went wrong.
I'm sure this book is dandy for use in a classroom setting. But if you want to study your kayaking skills on your own, there are plenty of videos and books that are more suitable. My favorite book on the subject is Derek Hutchison's Expedition Kayaking on Sea & Open Water. Amazon.com sells several of Hutchinson's books.