Technical analysis is a method for analyzing price action on a chart to forecast the probability of the future direction of momentum for trading the financial markets. Technical analysts quantify the patterns price data and volume create on charts to find key levels of support and resistance along with the path of least direction for entries and for timing the most optimal exits. Much of the behavior of buyers and sellers in the markets can be explained by behavioral economics and quantitative analysis which have a lot of parallels with the art and science of technical analysis. 

There are two major schools of thought and practice in technical analysis, one tries to predict the future through current chart patterns and is predictive technical analysis. The other is reactive technical analysis where buy and sell signals are created based on backtesting, risk/reward ratios and through live trade management that express profitable principles for creating small losses and big wins. The first type of technical analysis tries to predict what will happen in the future and the other reacts to what is happening now. 

Here is a list of many of the best books on technical analysis for traders that want to learn the key concepts, principles, and indicators for analyzing and trading price action for profits. 

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets: A Comprehensive Guide to Trading Methods and Applications by John Murphy

The Candlestick Course by Steve Nison

Getting Started in Technical Analysis by Jack D. Schwager

The Encyclopedia Of Technical Market Indicators by Robert W. Colby

Encyclopedia of Chart Patterns by Thomas N. Bulkowski

A Complete Guide to the Futures Market: Technical Analysis, Trading Systems, Fundamental Analysis, Options, Spreads, and Trading Principles by Jack Schwager 

Technical Analysis Using Multiple Timeframes by Brian Shannon

The Art and Science of Technical Analysis: Market Structure, Price Action, and Trading Strategies by Adam Grimes

Technical Analysis Explained by Martin J. Pring

Evidence-Based Technical Analysis : Applying the Scientific Method and Statistical Inference to Trading Signals by David R. Aronson

My books:

The Ultimate Guide to Technical Analysis by Steve Burns

The Ultimate Guide to Chart Patterns by Steve Burns

The Ultimate Guide to Candlestick Chart Patterns by Steve Burns

By Steve Burns

After a lifelong fascination with financial markets, Steve began investing in 1993 and trading his accounts in 1995. It was love at first trade. After more than 30 successful years in the markets, Steve now dedicates his time to helping traders improve their psychology and profitability. New Trader U offers an extensive blog resource with more than 4,000 original articles, online courses, and best-selling books covering various topics.