Originally Posted by makecoldplayhistory
Can't go wrong with "... for Dummies" as a brief intro.
Can't beat hands on experience. Enjoy. DSLR's are a world apart from point-and-shoots
I second both of these.
There is more free info on the internet about photography then any book.
As a starting point though I would play around in Auto or Program mode for a week or two to get familiar with the camera and lens... then start playing in Tv (shutter priority) and Av (aperture priority). Once you get comfortable with Apteture and Shutter, play around with ISO. Those are the three basic in camera functions a photographer uses (there is other stuff, but those three are used to determine proper exposure with your ambient light).
Once you learn those basic elements the fun really begins... subject matter and lighting!
Good luck, have fun, drink milk, and drive carefully.