In MetaJLU, there is a list of resources for learning Japanese.
I thought this could be a good reference for something we might do here: create a list of works of reference that may introduce new users into the manga/anime world. This could go from technical works (that provide technical and theoretical details of manga/anime, as well as history of these media) to more informal works that would provide general views into Japanese/otaku culture (Peter Carey's Wrong About Japan comes to mind). It could also, if this kind of questions were to be considered on-topic, contain works that are concerned with the making of anime/manga.
This is just a general idea, but I think it could turn out to be a good thing. Leave your thoughts.