IMO trading futures is just like trading any other instrument, but the movements tend to be faster than stocks which can help you make money quicker and they can make you lose it even faster.
The only real difference is that you are trading contracts, so you buy and sell a number of contracts. You work out your risk and money management principles the same way as with stocks, etc.
The only difference is that you need to trade the correct month or quarter. Index futures such as the emini S&P (ES), emini Nasdaq (NQ), emini Dow (YM), etc, are divided into three-month contracts. These have letters assigned to them. H M U Z are the letters for the March, June, September and December contracts respectively. So we are currently trading H, which expires on Friday 19th March, a day which is called triple witching because futures, S&P options, and individual stock options come up for renewal. It's a volatile day usually, so just make a note in your diary, and avoid trading if you are new to the game, or feel unsure. The contracts roll-over (ie move onto the next contract) one week and one day before, so on Thursday 11 March (three days time) we shall move from H to M.
Those are the major differences - all the rest is just as you would trade any other instrument. So you don't really need any specific books, just sound trading principles.
Commodities and metals do have a few other quirks, but I presume that you are not referring to those in your question.
Although Skim is absolutely correct, my feeling has always been that there is no harm at all in being as well informed as possible about the market/instrument you wish to trade. Whilst there is a mountain of information relating to futures trading on t2w, by it's very nature, it tends to be mostly confined to the mechanics or strategies of actual trading.
There are many purely factual guides to futures trading/markets, ranging from the freebies that the exchanges/your broker will send you, to more robust tombs. Personally, mine is "The Futures Game" by Teweles and Jones (about 25-30 quid) Decent value at 650 pages (if that's how you judge value... ).
It covers everything from markets, contract descriptions, government agencies, compliance, etc to money management and probability of ruin. It may be somewhat out of date at this time as I don't know what the latest revisions include, but it might be a start.
I was really pleased with the book. It did exactly as Sandpiper said. I would say its a good primer and gives you an overall picture of futures trading. It touches on TA but doesn't really go into it that much. It doesn't go into strategy or anything like that. I would definitely recommend it to those who want to get a good overall picture. You can then build upon this with other books which specialise in analysis, etc
Good book for futures. If you want to learn about trading the Agricultural Commodities which are things that can actually be measured (great for us Ag-Economists). Try this book... Agricultural Futures & Options by Wayne Purcell/Stephen Koontz... It will give you a sense of WHY we have futures... "price discovery" for producers is outlined & explained well.
Best book for trading Seasonal Spreads. Joe introduces filters and how to use technical indicators. You should update to Lane's %D Stochastics. This is a trading manual not a book about trading.
Original 1923 source for the use and abuse of pyramids. Jesse shows you why and how to build pyramids. How to place orders, how to sell short, when to get out and how long to hold a position.
Jake explains how Seasonal patterns are the heart of consistent profits in trading spreads. As long as summer follows winter we will have tradable cycles. Use with a clearer spread chart service.
This is a Napoleon Hill of Spread trading book. It has interviews with spread traders, a Eurodollar spread floor trader, as well as with Steve Moore who publishes daily Internet spread charts.
Composite of ideas, systems and methods used by floor traders trading spreads. Primarily short term but includes longer-term seasonal trades. Like book “How young millionaires trade commodities.”
Courtney Smith’s textbook is specifically and comprehensive about spreads. His whole book is about spreads and nothing but spreads. Probably the most useful from the fundamental perspective.
When prices move out of a narrow trading range, this often leads to an extended move in the same direction as the break. The box-breakout technique works well on all securities including Spreads.