is there a pdf version of BIRT training book somewhere that I can use?
At the top of this page is a dropdown labeled "Resources". One of the selections is "Documentation". You should be able to access documentation for the products you own via that link. Other training books can be obtained by signing up for training courses. You can find the courses by selecting "Learning Services" in the "Services & Programs" dropdown above. There are also some useful books that are generally available for purchase on the standard book selling websites.
Thanks for the quick respond Jeff