I was listening to Stick and String recent podcast on beginners equipment and I thought it worth mentioning here. The podcast can be found at http://stickandstring.podomatic.com/
They discuss and offer advice to the newbie archer on what to buy and from where.
I suggest any archer looking to purchase their first bow has a listen to it. They reference their own experience with over bowing and the problems it can cause.
Later in to the podcast it offers advice on arrow selection and merits and flaws of different materials. Have a listen and let me know what you think.
Other sources of advice can be found on this site or on Jordan Sequillion blog
Thanks for reading.