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Free Book, Investing Made Simple Updated

This last week, I finished the 2012 update for Investing Made Simple. The changes include:

  • Updated tax information in the chapter regarding IRAs and 401(k) accounts,
  • An updated section about ETFs as compared to index funds,
  • An updated section about target retirement funds, and
  • A reworking of the chapter about asset allocation and risk tolerance.

Get a Free Book

To kick things off and to say thanks to regular readers, I’ve decided to have a brief promotion. Starting now and lasting through this Friday (3/23):

Answers to Questions

I don’t own a Kindle. Can I still read the Kindle edition somehow?

Yes. There’s no need to own a Kindle to read a Kindle book. They can be read using free software on a regular PC or Mac.

I’ve already read the prior edition. Should I buy this one too?

Overall, it’s the same book with the same message, and I’ll also be sharing a couple chapters here on the blog over the next week or so. So there’s probably no need to buy it again. (On the other hand, for a price of zero, there’s little reason not to pick up the Kindle version.)

Can I tell other people about the promotion?

Yes. If you know anyone who might benefit from the book, please don’t hesitate to let them know about it so they can pick up a free Kindle copy or inexpensive print copy.

Why does the Amazon page show the old copyright date?

Because the new edition is published under the same ISBN as the old edition, the copyright date on Amazon’s description page will not be updated. But the edition that is being shipped out is the 2012 edition — I’ve tested it myself with multiple purchases to be sure.

On the off chance that you receive an old edition that Amazon had been saving just for you in a warehouse somewhere, send me an email letting me know what happened, and I’ll have a copy of the new edition sent to you directly from the printing company.

I already have the old edition on my Kindle. How do I update it to the new edition?

Before buying the new one, you’ll have to delete the old edition from your Kindle and from your Kindle account on Amazon. To delete an item from your Kindle account:

  • On Amazon go to the “Your Account” page,
  • Click on “Manage Your Kindle” in the “Digital Content” section, and
  • Click the “actions” drop-down menu for the book in question and choose “delete from library.”

Click here to see the book on Amazon. I hope you find it helpful!

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  • How to to pick winning mutual funds,
  • Roth IRA vs. traditional IRA vs. 401(k),
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  1. Good news Mike. 🙂

    Just checking you’ve updated the Kindle entry on, too?

  2. Monevator,

    It’s the same Kindle file that goes out, regardless of which Amazon it is. So, and customers will get the same Kindle book as US customers.

  3. Thanks Mike!
    This book has been on my list for a while, and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on it. I appreciate all you do!

  4. Hi Marlowe. I hope you find the book helpful! 🙂

  5. Many thanks for the generous offer Mike!

    I have the prior edition but will still order a copy so that if I “lend” out my copy and don’t get it back I will still have a reference copy – or another one to lend.

    This would be a good opportunity for your online readers to take advantage
    of Amazon’s free shipping on orders $25 and over: I am ordering two more copies of Can I Retire? [which puts me in double digits for that title] because I have been giving copies to all my wife’s coworkers who are retiring. Some public school teachers in Philly are greatly indebted to you for all your well written and thoroughly researched – and conflict-free – retirement information.

    P.S. Your “Answers to Questions” above is very complete and lucid [like all your work] and could be used as a very good example of what FAQS [Frequently Asked QuestionS] documents should be but so seldom are!

  6. Thank you, Jim!

  7. Thanks Mike – look forwarding to reading it! Thanks for making it available!

  8. How can we tell whether “Investing Made Simple” is the 2012 version of the book?


  9. Hi Joan.

    That’s a great question. Sorry for not including it in the FAQs above.

    In the print edition, the copyright page will have the year of publication.

    The Kindle edition has the same information on the copyright page, but some Kindle devices will start the book on a page past the copyright page when you first open it on your Kindle device, so you’ll have to page backward to see it.

  10. Mike, Thanks for the book and all you do. I appreciate it.

  11. I got it on Kindle as well as a print copy (since my previous one is always on loan). One thing I like is that the new version is less exclusively Vanguard-oriented, giving due weight to low-cost options from Fidelity and Schwab.

  12. When i tried to download the kindle version
    “Due to copyright restrictions, the Kindle title you’re trying to purchase is not available in your country: United States”

  13. Dan,

    I’m sorry that happened. I haven’t run into that before, so I don’t have much in the way of ideas regarding why that error occurred. I’ll ask the Kindle publishing contact about it, but if you can provide any additional information, that would be helpful.

    Have you downloaded the prior edition, perhaps?

  14. Thanks for the clarification Mike. I tweeted it and sent a personal rec to a few friends, but it’ll miss my roundup unfortunately, as that goes out tomorrow (3/24).

  15. Monevator,

    Any mention is welcome of course. And given the number of links you’ve pointed to this blog over the years, please know that you have my gratitude regardless of what you do or do not link to at any given time. 🙂

  16. Thanks mike!

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