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What Should I Read on my New Kindle?

Last week I finally gave in and ordered myself a Kindle from Amazon. This is something I’ve been thinking about for quite a while. I read a ton, and some of it happens on my daily commute. While that’s fine for paperbacks, it’s not so great for hard covers, especially bigger ones. Just can’t handle them in one hand while holding on to a rail with my other riding on the train (I don’t get to sit very often). Plus, in the warmer months I like to read outside, and since I live near the coast that means wind flipping pages around when reading a larger book. The Kindle helps in both those situations.

I’ve also got a bit of green thinking going on here as well. I’ve started to feel guilty about buying print books when they are so readily available in electronic format now – and often at lower prices in any case.

Now, I’ve only just got the device, and have a few print books to get through before I’m likely to be focused on a Kindle book, so I won’t have a good impression on things for a little while yet. I have begun accumulating books to read, though. Project Gutenberg is a good source for public domain books and I grabbed a couple dozen of the classics from there last night. One of them is Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.

What I would love to find is old trading books, which basically means early 1900s. I’ve started doing some research. If you know of any, definitely leave a comment below.

I’m also going to be developing a list of books to read and include among my trading book reviews here on this blog. If there’s a book (or books) you would like to see me write about, definitely let me know. And they need not be strictly non-fiction. There’s a fair bit of trading and markets oriented fiction out there (for example, the books by Paul Erdman). I like to read that kind of stuff, so definitely include those titles too.

4 replies on “What Should I Read on my New Kindle?”

Hi John,

I have recently finished your electronic read, New Trader FAQ which I found very diverse in knowledge gained that filled a lot of gaps. I enjoyed the part from the anonymous broker which is reading not easily found. The direct approach from Traders was excellent and exactly as Brent Penfold expressed himself is how I experienced him in his trading perspective with Spot Forex. I try to read broadly on trading from authors in the USA,UK,Australia & South Africa to gain a broad education on trading however, the NEW Trader FAQ certainly had all the essentials so to speak and taught me what is realistic with trading. I am considering undertaking your E course as it looks very good value for money and I am at that point of deciding which trading education you can still absorb and which is unnecessary oversupply. I always value a trusting source.


Shaun Windrim.
Sydney, Australia

Thanks for sharing your comments and thoughts Shaun. It sounds like you got out of the FAQ exactly the sort of thing we were hoping readers would get. Glad to hear it.

I am not one of those types who think only books written after some recent date have anything of value. My view on the markets is that they are driven by the same primary forces now as they were 100 years ago. Traders back then are just as likely to have something interesting to say about that as those today. Obviously, they didn’t have anywhere near the same access to information and processing power as we do now, but in some ways that can be an advantage.