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Kindle books about money and investing

A lot of great books about money and investing have already made it to Kindle.

With Amazon’s Kindle eBook reader spreading as rampantly as a greedy European rodent in a New World ecosystem, more and more books and magazines are being adapted and republished in Kindle editions.

These include plenty of Kindle books about money and investing, although there are still lots of frustrating omissions. UK passive investors might mourn the absence of a Tim Hale’s Smarter Investing in Kindle format, for example.

But let’s consider the good news story…

You’re eBooked

Amazon says Kindle – which the cyber book peddler produces itself – is now its best-selling product. Going on all the Kindles I see on the Underground here in London, I quite believe it.

The latest generation of Kindle solves almost all the problems of the old Kindles, and are really priced to sell:

  • The Kindle 3G costs £152, and as its name suggests it enables you to connect to the 3G network as well as Wi-Fi to download data. (For free, amazingly).
  • The standard Kindle costs £111, and is identical to the 3G model except for the absence of that 3G connectivity. Instead, you must use a Wi-Fi network.

For anyone with a home Wi-Fi network, the cheaper Kindle is a fine option; realistically you won’t want to download ebooks on-the-go much. One sneaky benefit of the Kindle 3G though is that you can use its rudimentary web browser on the 3G network for free, which may be handy, particularly if you’re traveling in Europe and want to avoid data charges on your phone.

Either way, the clarity of text on Kindle is amazing, the ability to add notes is fantastic, and carrying all your books with you wherever you go is something you don’t appreciate until you can do it. About the only downside is the bland typography, which upsets old print lovers like myself.

When Kindles first arrived I wondered if they were a tax on reading, but now I’m sold. I love paper books, but Kindle has the edge once you toss the romance of paper overboard. I don’t think there’s much if any money saved from going digital, but I do hate clutter and having too much ‘stuff’ and Kindle deals with that. Perhaps it will save me ponying up for an extra bedroom cum library in my future house purchasing!

A dozen Kindle books about money and investing

To the money shot! I’ve dug into the Kindle Store to hunt out the following publications (they’re not all books!) that you could consider for your Kindle.

1. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

One of the best books you’ll ever read about investing, dressed up as a biography of a more bizarre individual than you probably imagine. I admire the man and the detail here – but Buffett was apparently so miffed by its candor that he no longer speaks to the author. More details from Amazon.

2. The Intelligent Investor

In-between speaking fluent Latin, writing his own plays, studying the classics and seducing the women of Manhattan, Ben Graham invented all the basic tenets of value investing. The Intelligent Investor is his classic introduction, and the 60-year old book will retain its popularity on in the eBook era. More details.

3. Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits

If Ben Graham is the father of value investing and Warren Buffett his most successful pupil, then Philip Fisher is the father of growth investing – and the author Buffett read as he started sneaking off the one true path laid down by Graham. Another timeless classic that’s essential reading for anyone whose heart is set on the dangerous game of stock picking. More details.

4. Enough: True Measures of Money, Business and Life

Not many people in the UK have read this brilliant book by Jack Bogle, the father of passive investing. It’s not really a how-to guide for passive investors (you can read our articles instead!) or even a case doing so – Bogle has made that argument many times. Rather it’s a thorough review of how the financial services industry repeatedly does wrong by its customers, culminating in the recent financial crisis. More details.

5. The Big Short

The Accumulator has recounted the lessons from The Big Short on Monevator, but this isn’t a book I’d just read to learn from. Like most of author Michael Lewis’ writings, it features an incredibly compelling collection of characters, too – you soon forget you’re essentially reading about maths geeks staring at spreadsheets most of the day. More details.

6. Anyone Can Do It

As I said when I reviewed it donkey’s years ago, Duncan Bannatyne’s best-selling biography is not beautiful writing. The entrepreneur’s story isn’t half as sexy as Richard Branson’s, either, with the (seemingly) surly Scot not getting going until his 30s, and beginning to make his fortune with an ice cream van. What it is though is fabulously readable and packed with practical insights into the mind of a down-to-earth rainmaker we can all learn from. More details.

7. Free Capital

I was surprised to find Free Capital on the Kindle store. A clearly written collection of profiles of 12 private investors who’ve made at least a million from the markets – several by ‘simply’ stock picking for their ISAs – the book is another to file under Inspiration, and is rare for its British focus. The fact that it’s on Kindle shows how the device is becoming ubiquitous. More details.

8. Eat that Frog!

This book isn’t about money or investing, but it is one of the best books on effectiveness and time management I’ve ever read. Mainly because it’s one of the shortest. Where most time management books drone on for hundreds of pages, Eat That Frog! steals their best ideas and repeats them in two. It’ll make you more efficient, and pays out that most precious commodity: time. More details.

9. The Financial Times

You can now get the Financial Times on Kindle, and as I write it’s priced at just under £18 a month – a decent discount to the paper edition. There’s a free 14-day trial, too. It all updates seamlessly and reveals the future of newspapers is surely digital, but the text layout isn’t perfect. In my opinion it’s the best business paper in the world, but then I don’t read German or Japanese! More details.

10. The Economist

Sticking with periodicals, The Economist is my favourite big picture read (although I also like Prospect for its wider cultural coverage) and a frequent edition to Monevator‘s Weekend Reading slots. The Kindle edition is fine, but a bit expensive compared to the other subscription options. More details.

11. The Greatest Trade Ever

If The Big Short doesn’t satisfy your cravings for a heady mix of credit crunch shenanigans and buccaneering moneymaking on the back of it, then this recap of how hedge fund manager John Paulson made $20 billion out of thin air surely will. More details.

12. More Money Than God

I confess, I’m fascinated by hedge funds, although I’ve never invested in one as a private individual – I think in practice retail investors are unlikely to do better long-term than if we simply buy an index tracker and save some cash, due to the high fees universally charged by hedge funds and the rarity of (and difficulty selecting) enduring out-performers. But in my daydreams I’d love to run one, and until then I aspire to manage a portion of my active portfolio like a hedge fund. More Money Than God recounts the most innovative hedge funds’ market-smashing capers. More details.

Have I missed one of your favourite Kindle books about money and investing? Let us know in the comments below – particularly if it’s a book targeted at the UK market, since most I know about and like aren’t on Kindle yet.

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  • 1 Niklas Smith June 9, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Thanks for this interesting list, I may find myself reading one or two of those books soon in one format or another 🙂

    I’ve been mulling over whether to get an e-reader recently (partly because I’m fed up with printing out pdfs to read!). Have you tried any of the competition (in particular Sony’s e-reader)? I hesitate to get the Kindle partly because it does not accept the standard EPUB format for e-books (so conveniently forcing you to buy them from Amazon using Amazon’s proprietary format…).

  • 2 RetirementInvestingToday June 9, 2011, 3:38 pm

    Hi TI

    I’m still yet to move into the modern age and so am yet to have an iPad let alone a Kindle. I will say though that any UK based investor should read a copy of Tim Hale’s Smarter Investing even though it is still only in “paper” form. It really is the book that launched/inspired me to where I am today.

    I’d also maybe suggest trying to get a 2nd hand copy of the 2006 version (blue cover) rather than the newer 2009 (yellow cover). I haven’t read the 2009 version but it contains a lot less pages and I don’t remember reading anything that I thought should have been cut out.

    Cheers
    RIT

  • 3 Henry June 9, 2011, 7:46 pm

    Have you considered using affiliate links when promoting and recommending products? Your readers may or not have a problem with this, but you could adapt the MoneySavingExpert.com stance of providing both affiliate and non affiliate links along with a disclaimer.

  • 4 William June 9, 2011, 9:39 pm

    Investor,

    Your article has answered my query as to whether the wifi or wifi/3G model is better.
    At the moment I have the Kindle app on my windows XP netbook. Have to admit there’s a number of personal finance books downloaded. Along with some ‘free’ classic stories.
    I will have to bite the bullet and purchase a kindle as reading on the netbook screen is not as user friendly/pleasing on the eye as on a kindle (my work colleague got his in the US).
    Anway you can enjoy a limited kindle experience on a PC using their app and then sync all downloaded books across to the kindle on purchase.
    Thanks again for the ‘idiots’ explanation of the two versions.

  • 5 The Investor June 10, 2011, 9:07 am

    @Niklas — I’ve only tried it in a shop. I do share your frustrations with proprietary formats, but not so much in the digital age. ‘Data finds a way’, to misquote Jeff Goldblum in the fly! I also think Kindle has perhaps passed its iPod moment threshold.

    @RIT – the cheap Kindle is easier to justify than an iPad I think. The iPad is a lovely luxury though!

  • 6 The Investor June 10, 2011, 9:09 am

    @William — Useful tips, hope you enjoy it!

    @Henry — thanks, I do here and there but not full on enough for it to be meaningful. (Yet?!)

  • 7 Henry June 10, 2011, 10:27 am

    @ Investor – In my day job I am an affiliate marketer building and promoting various websites, trying to get traffic to them and hoping people click on my links. I know it’s hard work trying to build a popular website which is of genuine value, but Monevator is an good example of how things should be done. If you’re interested in a chat, feel free to email me. No strings, initial fees or catches. You and The Accumulator do a great job of sharing your knowledge and experiences and I’m happy to repay in kind 🙂

  • 8 Tony June 11, 2011, 11:46 am

    @The Investor Thank you for the tips.

    @Niklas I recommend Calbre software from http://calibre-ebook.com/ to you for managing e-books. It reformats e-books from EPUB to kindle, ipad and many other file types. It also has a useful book and news/magazine search facility.

  • 9 The Investor June 11, 2011, 1:23 pm

    @Tony – Thanks for flagging up that software, I knew there was something out there. As I say, data finds a way… 😉

  • 10 Salis Grano June 11, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I, too, like the Kindle, but it has two drawbacks that I hope will be addressed in later versions:

    i) the lack of a hierarchical filing system makes for a clumsy book selection process (subject tagging is no substitute);

    ii) you can’t “flick” back and forth through a book to get to where you want to be.

    These and the slow screen updates make navigation a bit painful at times. However, these are relatively small gripes for what is a really good product.

  • 11 Ben June 13, 2011, 12:48 pm

    @ The Investor

    ‘The Fly’? it’s ‘Jurassic Park’ fella

  • 12 The Investor June 13, 2011, 1:40 pm

    Gosh, you’re right — thanks!

  • 13 teamdave June 14, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Great write up as usual and typically you make me want to follow you. But I just can’t justify something that can only do one thing and then not that well. A B&W reader with speed issues surely can’t compare to an iPad with the kindle app on it?

    That Tim Hale book has held its value well – still over £10 second hand. Must be good.

  • 14 The Investor June 18, 2011, 10:49 am

    @teamdave – It really can.

    I use an iPad extensively (when watching all non-fiction TV, basically… great for constantly riffing off what you’re watching) and I far prefer the Kindle for reading.

    B&W is good. It’s a better size. The special screen technology that means it’s left on whatever page you left it on, always, without draining power, is like magic. (On that score, the battery life is very long).

    Different devices. They may converge eventually, but not yet.

  • 15 Surio July 18, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Hmm,
    Barring three, I’ve got ALL of them. Solid recommendation guv! *We* do have excellent reading tastes, (ahem) even if I say so myself. 😉

    They are definitely a good collection. For the philosophy of why we need to do all these, there’s that Dominguez’s classic, Your Money or Your life and then there’s Jacob’s ERE book.

    I’ll look up my collection and add a few more, if I find some.

    Ciao!

  • 16 Luke September 14, 2012, 10:28 am

    Just bought my new and improved Kindle for £69.99 (£40+ cheaper than when you wrote this) – a lovely piece of kit.

    Early Retirement Extreme will be my first purchase when I get home from work today and in true money nerd style, I’ll be tracking the price difference to see at what point I break even vs paper books.

  • 17 Julian September 18, 2013, 9:39 am

    You could also add “Security Analysis” by Benjamin Graham to the list. I’ve got a reprint of the 1934 edition, but it has been reprinted and updated ever since (and some say the 1940 edition is even better).

  • 18 The Investor September 18, 2013, 10:12 am

    @Julian — Ah, that’s a classic that’s been added to Kindle since I did this list. Perhaps I’ll do a big update. Thanks for the heads up.

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