Taking a tour of a couple datacenters, researching datacenters, reading this forum and http://datacentertalk.com/ could give you a decent start. Having experience with building infrastructure, network topologies and server hardware will also help
I don't know if someone has written a book on it however.
What neosurge is saying is that having knowledge about the above will help you in your quest in choosing a colo provider and setting up your equipment. You would need a lot more info than those topics to start up a datacenter.
I would suggest you browse this forum for several days and read as many threads as you can. There's a ton of info already available right here for free.
and read the colocation reviews... do a search here for them. I'm a noob too, but I'm figuring out what questions to ask (and how to find the answers myself) by reading the both the good and bad reviews.
One of the biggest tips that I didn't know about (imo) is that you can hire a full-tilt sys admin for a very reasonable fee to help configure the system security. It's obvious some didn't.... their posts have the title: My server just got hacked.