ARRL :: Licensing, Education & Training has the most current books.I was interested in getting my basic license, but I am unclear on the pool of questions. I was going to pick up ARRL study guide (red cover book)... should I wait until the new one comes out?
The book study, combined with taking the online practice tests are the way to go. When you can pass the online tests multiple times with a cushion for possible test session anxiety, get out your $15 and get to a test session. I am using the WB6NOA book and software for the Extra with a plan to test in January. I also have some basic electrical/electronic books to get a better understanding of how to use Ohm's law along with various terms.If you think you're ready to take the test, then take it! Besides the ARRL/W5YI/Bash study guides, the on-line practice tests are also very useful (QRZ.com, for instance). Combining the on-line tests and the study guides is certainly worthwhile, gives you some indication of where you 'stand'.
Considering the time of the year, if you waited till next year the wait isn't going to be very long. But, if you take the test(s) tomorrow, you'd have that license before next year.