Start reading the sony forum on www.dpreview.com
And there are several other links, as for hard back books, anything by John Shaw or Ansel Adams is awesome, they weren't digital photographers, but with the prosumer digicams, you need the basics of photography, just like film and the info provided will dramatically increase the quality of your images.
The biggest thing is to practice, shoot shoot shoot, it's pretty much free now that you have the cam
Don't get discouraged, no one starts taking awesome photos immediately, I've been shooting for a couple of years with "good" prosumer cams and am just in the last 6 months getting a high percentage of keepers, but I still have shoots where I will only get a 10-20% "good" shot rate. Take photos of the same subject from as many different angles as possible with different settings, photography is about capturing the moment, the more moments you capture, the more likely you are to capture the right moment