Download Free Power BI book PDF Format


It has been a long time request in my blog posts to release the book in PDF format, and here you go; Free PDF format of Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star book edition 1 is now available. You can download and print it for free! However, this book has 905 pages, which make it expensive to print! This is the first edition of this book (as a PDF), and I will do my best to publish next editions regularly.



Online Book: Power BI From Rookie to Rockstar


About the book; Quick Intro from Author


In July 2015, after the first release of Power BI Desktop, I’ve been encouraged to publish a Power BI online book through a set of blog posts. The main reason to publish this book online, was that with the fast pace of updates for Power BI Desktop, it is impossible to publish a paperback book, because it will be out dated in few months. From that time till now, I’ve been writing blog posts (or sections) of this book almost weekly in RADACAD blog. So far, I have more than 60 sections wrote for this book. The book covers all aspects of Power BI; from data preparation, to modeling, and visualization. From novice to professional level, that’s why I called it Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star.

You can start reading this book with no prerequisite. Each section can be read by itself, normally you don’t need to follow specific order. However, there are some sections, that need an example previously built in another section. These sections have a prerequisite section mentioning this requirement.

After a year and half of writing online, I decided to release this book as a PDF version as well, for two reasons; First to help community members who are more comfortable with PDF books, or printed version of materials. Second; as a giveaway in my Power BI training courses. Feel free to print this book and keep it in your library, and enjoy. This book is FREE!

This book will be updated with newer editions (hopefully every month), so you can download the latest version of it anytime from my blog post here:

Because I’ve been writing these chapters and sections from mid-2015, there are some topics or images or sections out dated with new changes in Power BI. I will do my best to update any changes in next few editions. However, to keep you informed; There is a date at the beginning of each section under the header that mentioned the publish date of that section.

About Author

 Reza Rad is the world well-known name in the Microsoft BI field. Reza Rad is invited speaker in world’s best and biggest SQL Server and BI conferences such as PASS Summits, PASS Rallys, SQLBits, TechEds, Ignites, SQL Nexus, SQL Days, SQL Saturdays and so on. He is author of books on this topic, and he has more than 15 years’ experience in the Microsoft BI technologies. More than 10 years of his experience focused on training and consulting to the largest BI teams in the world. He is also Microsoft Certified Trainer for years. He is Microsoft Data Platform MVP (Most Valuable Professional) focused on BI and Data Analysis, He has been awarded MVP from Microsoft because of his dedication and expertise in Microsoft BI technologies from 2011 till now. He is author of Power BI online book; from Rookie to Rock Star;

These days Reza run Power BI training, consulting, and mentoring in many cities and countries around the world (USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand). He trained more than 1000 students in just last few months for Power BI. Reza lives in Auckland, New Zealand, but you will probably see him speaking in a conference, or teaching a course near your city or country time by time.

If you are interested to be in touch with Reza, or learn about his upcoming courses, visit RADACAD events page;


Who Is This Book For?

BI Developers and Consultants who want to know how to develop solutions with this technology. BI Architects and Decision Makers who want to make their decision about using or not using Power BI in their BI applications. Business Analysts who want to have better tool for playing with the data and learn tricks of producing insights easier. The book titled “Power BI from Rookie to Rockstar”, and that means it will cover wide range of readers. I’ll start by writing 100 level and we will go deep into 400 level at some stage. So, if you don’t know what Power BI is, or If you are familiar with Power BI but want to learn some deep technical topics about Power Query M language, then this book is for you.




Online Book: Power BI From Rookie to Rockstar



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Reza Rad
Trainer, Consultant, Mentor
Reza Rad is a Microsoft Regional Director, an Author, Trainer, Speaker and Consultant. He has a BSc in Computer engineering; he has more than 20 years’ experience in data analysis, BI, databases, programming, and development mostly on Microsoft technologies. He is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP for 12 continuous years (from 2011 till now) for his dedication in Microsoft BI. Reza is an active blogger and co-founder of RADACAD. Reza is also co-founder and co-organizer of Difinity conference in New Zealand, Power BI Summit, and Data Insight Summit.
Reza is author of more than 14 books on Microsoft Business Intelligence, most of these books are published under Power BI category. Among these are books such as Power BI DAX Simplified, Pro Power BI Architecture, Power BI from Rookie to Rock Star, Power Query books series, Row-Level Security in Power BI and etc.
He is an International Speaker in Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Business Applications Summit, Data Insight Summit, PASS Summit, SQL Saturday and SQL user groups. And He is a Microsoft Certified Trainer.
Reza’s passion is to help you find the best data solution, he is Data enthusiast.
His articles on different aspects of technologies, especially on MS BI, can be found on his blog:

11 thoughts on “Download Free Power BI book PDF Format

  • Beatifull!!! Another Power BI bible for me… Thank you very much for this publish Reza!!! Fantastic Job…
    Regards , Simone

  • Thank you very much for the book, really appreciate it 🙂

    Will it be okay if I use some of the image, perhaps for my presentation? I’ll reference the book of course, making sure the credit goes to the right person 🙂

  • Hi Reza
    Many thanks for what looks like a great book – I am looking forward to getting into it.
    One thing I was hoping for was some guidance on creating custom visuals (I have some particular requirements for 3 axes line/bar charts, and for RAG KPI visuals). The book mentions this will be covered in future posts – do you know when they might be available, or do you know of other resources to help with this?

  • Hi,
    I have a ‘large’ spreadsheet, with one row per record, and many thousands of rows.
    I want to create a report with one page per record (ie it wil be many thousands of pages long).
    I’m not allowed to use Crystal Reports at work; Word mail-merge is too limited.
    Can Power BI do ‘proper’ reports like this, or does it just do pretty dashboards, graphs and visualisations ?

    • Hi Martyn,
      You can create a table or matrix visual as you want, even with many records in Power BI.
      However, you don’t have control for printing that. Best would be using tools such as SSRS for such requirement.

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