For my birthday last Saturday I got this GREAT book on character design.
Chapter headings include: What is character design, Basic Principles and Procedures of Character Design, and How to Approach Different Categories of Character Design.
It could not have come at a better time. This book is a great resource for insight into character design in industry. Haitao Su alone has over twenty years of experience in CG arts, and the book highlights many top character designers in their fields. It has taken it's place on my bedside table and that is where it will stay.