I have to agree with Egon on this one. Bodog's Beginner trnys pay out top 5 instead of top 3. So your chances of making at least your money back are good. As far as poker books
for beginners, I found that the best way to learn is with experience. A few pointers, that have worked for me:
1-Splash around...Limp in when its cheap with marginal hands. You can turn a nothing hand into a monster.
2-Stay out of the way...If you have AQ or AJ or KQ or a big hand and someone raises you all in, they prolly have you beat. Its a judgement call on what kind of read you have picked up against that player, and if you are willing to risk your chips on a race.
3-HAVE FUN...Poker is fun and should be fun for you and others.
4-Willing to lose... Dont play stakes you arent comfortable playing and dont put your chips in if you arent ready to lose them yet.
Hope this helps you in some way or form.
May all your hands be live and pots be Monsters.