This is inspired by the "Batman for Beginners" poll at the CBR's Batman section, from which I am stealing shamelessly.
One of the best parts of the current comics era is that there's so much good material readily available in the various trade paperbacks. However, it can get overwhelming for new readers. So I'm looking for a consensus regarding the best material, a sort of "beginner set of books we can all agree on." As most of us haven't read every Spider-Man comic, I'm sure we'll also find some stuff to like.
When coming up with recommendations, consider accessibility, impact and ability to convert Spider-Man noobs. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to post those here or send me a private message. It's an idea for the entire forum.
Wikipedia has a list of the published Spider-Man comics, so I recommend that one at the moment.
Also feel free to let us know when certain collections aren't included in either list. Or if there's a better list online somewhere.