Forum OpenACS Development: Response to Book recommendations for learning database design?

I would also recommend Teory's book.  It's well written and very easy to read.  The dullness that Adam talked about, comes mostly from the thorough treament that Teory gives the subject.  He starts out with the basic conecpts of ER modeling with some comparisons to object modeling, and he then follows that with an explanation of how to translate the ER model to sql statements.  It's almost cookbook in its approach.  It's definitely a good book for a beginner, as Teory doesn't assume too much about the reader's background.