Reading beekeeping books is a good way to familiarize yourself with beekeeping terms and equipment.
Beekeeping, like gardening, is as much an art as science. The more you know about the basics, the better you can be successful keeping your bees happy and healthy.
If you don't know what books to check out, start with the ones with photos. I also enjoy diaries of beekeepers; they give me a better perspective on the cycle of beekeeping.