Your Money: The Missing Manual

Things may seem calm and quiet on the surface of the blog, but behind the scenes here at Get Rich Slowly, everything's a whirlwind. I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but blogging doesn't scale. That is, one man (or woman) can handle a small blog with a few hundred readers, but the bigger a site grows, the more demands there are on your time. Even though I'm using more and more help lately, I simply can't keep up. So, the calm surface here belies the turbulence underneath.

Of course, part of the hubbub comes from the release of Your Money: The Missing Manual. The book is now available at Amazon, and folks have had kind things to say about it. (Thanks for all of your nice e-mails; they make me smile.) Other bookstores should be receiving their copies over the next month. It's also now available from Borders and Barnes and Noble, and will soon be available from Powell's.

Note: How can you be sure you'll like Your Money: The Missing Manual? What if it's just a retread of old GRS posts? Well, I've done my best to produce a book I can be proud of, one that does draw on the best of Get Rich Slowly, but also adds tons of new content. If you want a taste before you buy, you can download a free sample chapter in PDF form. I hope you enjoy it!

Speaking of Powell's, I'll be giving a talk at Powell's Technical Books at 7pm on Thursday, April 15th. (Which also happens to be the fourth anniversary of Get Rich Slowly.) I'd love if you came out and gave me some support. I'm a hesitant public speaker, and if there are some friendly folks in the crowd, that'll give me more confidence!

And that's not the only event associated with the book release. No no no. Publishing a book is an exercise in self-promotion, which isn't something that comes naturally for me. Among other upcoming events:

  • I'll join my pal Chris Guillebeau for a meet-up in Chicago on the evening of Monday, April 5th. Alexandra Levit is helping us plan the details. (If you'd like to come hang out with us, RSVP at Chris' site — and tell him you came from GRS!)
  • I'll be doing a series of radio interviews in major markets around the United States. These are scheduled for the week of April 12 to April 16th, so I'll let you know when I have more info. (And I'll be on Computer America tonight at 8pm Pacific.)
  • Next Thursday, April 1st, I'll be participating in a live videochat/webast over at O'Reilly's website at 10am Pacific (1pm Eastern). (O'Reilly is the book's publisher.) You should come join us as we chat about money. Again, I'd love to chat with a bunch of GRS readers. (There'll be a recording of this event available if you miss it.)

If you do show up for the webcast, you'll reportedly be able to buy the book from O'Reilly for 40% off (~$13.20) or the e-book for 50% off (~$8.99). If you don't want to wait that long, you're in luck. Your Money: The Missing Manual is O'Reilly's “deal of the day” today: You can buy the e-book for just $9.99 by using the code DDYMT. (Note that the e-book edition includes Android, Mobi/Kindle, PDF, and ePub formats.)

Note: Many folks have asked whether there'll be a Kindle version of the book. I'm told that yes, indeed, there will be. But I don't know when.

You can always get 30% off the print or e-book version of Your Money: The Missing Manual by entering the discount code ABF09 when checking out at O'Reilly's store.

Help Make This Book a Success!

How can you help make Your Money: The Missing Manual a success? Help me spread the word about the book, if you feel so inclined. Tweet about it. Blog about it. Tell your friends about it. As I say, I'm not very good at self-promotion, so I'm counting on you folks to help me. If you like the site, please help me spread the word. It'd mean a lot to me! (And hey — link back to your favorite GRS post while you're at it.)

Finally, I wanted to share something I found funny. All of the “missing manuals” have a “missing CD” page, and my book is no exception. But somebody made a typo when entering info for Chapter Four (“Defeating Debt”); instead, they've credited me with more knowledge than I possess!

Defeating death! I wish. Unfortunately, I do not yet possess the secrets of immortality.

From Blog to Book: Why I Wrote Your Money: The Missing Manual

Trent at The Simple Dollar explored the question, “Why would a blogger write a personal-finance book?” Trent does a good job of covering some of the reasons a blogger might write a book: to reach a different audience, to expand on topics, and so on. I agree with him. I especially agree that writing a book is no way to get rich — slowly or otherwise. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I've earned less than minimum wage from my own book project, and that's not likely to change. Plus, I gained twenty pounds. Plus, I gained a cranky wife. Plus, I lost mental balance. You don't write a book for the fortune and fame.

I've had a lot of people ask me why I did write Your Money: The Missing Manual, and why I wrote that book and not something else. (Translated: “Why didn't you write Get Rich Slowly: The Book?”)

It took me a long time to find a book project that made sense. I thought that maybe there was a book in me, but I didn't know what it was. Over the past few years, I connected with a number of agents and publishers, but it wasn't until O'Reilly came along with the concept for Your Money: The Missing Manual that everything clicked. When I heard their pitch for Personal Finance: The Missing Manual (which was what they wanted to call the book), I knew that it was a great fit. I knew my wait was over.

Writing Your Money: The Missing Manual offered a number of non-financial benefits, including:

    • A chance to present my Grand Unified Theory of money. One of the great things about writing a blog is that I'm able to riff on whatever strikes my fancy from one day to the next. I'm not tied to a Master Plan. If I want to spend a few weeks writing about frugality, I can. And then I can move on to writing about investing or entrepreneurship. The disadvantage of this method is that while there's a lot of information in the Get Rich Slowly archives, there's no way to get a unified Big Picture view of the contents. (I'm working behind the scenes to change that, by the way.) With Your Money: The Missing Manual, I was able to spend 300 pages putting all of my best ideas in some semblance of order. I was able to give a sort of Grand Unified Theory of money including all of the best stuff I've found over the past five years.
    • Space to really explore topics. At the same time, I didn't want Your Money: The Missing Manual to just be a re-hash of the blog. I've read a lot of books by bloggers that are nothing more than “blog-dumps” — they're a collection of slightly revised blog posts. I intentionally set out to create something that was not just a re-hash of Get Rich Slowly. Yes, there are a lot of the same ideas, and regular GRS readers are sure to recognize some of their favorite bits. But the book is 75% new material — maybe more. It took a hell of a lot of research and writing. You can't get all of the stuff in Your Money: The Missing Manual on this website. And you certainly can't get it here in a cohesive, organized fashion.
    • Experience with the publishing process. One reason I took so long to write a book was that I was scared. That's the truth. I was afraid of failing. I wanted my book to be perfect. Eventually, I had to take my own advice about building confidence and destroying fear: I had to just dive in and learn to swim. Most of the time, the only way to gain experience (and to overcome fear) is to actually do something, and this was no different. Along the way, I learned a ton about how the publishing process works. I learned about working with an editor (and how to better edit my own writing), about marketing and PR, and about the economics of the book industry. I also learned discipline. Most of all, I learned that I really can write a book, and that it's nothing to be scared of.
    • Perceived legitimacy. Publishing a book gives a blogger increased credibility with the traditional media. Sure, there are some mainstream journalists that “get” blogging; they understand its strengths and weaknesses. But for each reporter that knows how to tap bloggers for information, there are dozens that think blogs are home to hacks. For good or ill, publishing a book makes a writer “official” in the eyes of traditional journalists. Since Your Money: The Missing Manual came out in March, I've had dozens of interview requests, requests that never would have come along without the book. This has given me a chance to spread my message to folks who otherwise would never hear it.

People have begun asking me about a second book, and I've been contacted by a couple of publishers regarding other projects. Again, none of them really match what I want to do. Now that I have some idea of the publishing process, I want a second book to actually be Get Rich Slowly: The Book, just as some expected the first book to be. I want the next book to be story-oriented.

So many personal-finance books are written in a vacuum: They're filled with theoretical Best Practices from economists or financial planners or brokers who don't really have a feel for real-world personal finance. They don't take into account the very real impact of human emotions and psychology. I want Get Rich Slowly: The Book to feature stories from real people — not just from me, but from you, as well — dealing with real situations. I want it to highlight successes and failures. I think that's a large part of what makes this blog unique and useful, and I don't think there's another personal-finance book out there like that.

But, as I mentioned recently, I'm on a self-imposed hiatus from Big Projects. I'm taking some time for myself. The soonest I'd start on a second book is January 1st; if I don't find an interested publisher, it may take longer than that!

So, why would a blogger write a personal-finance book? There are as many reasons as there are bloggers. But for me, it's because a book lets me expand on my ideas and present them in a unified fashion, because I wanted experience with the publishing process, and because writing the book created perceived legitimacy among traditional media. I certainly didn't write Your Money: The Missing Manual for the money. In fact, focusing on the book instead of the blog for so long cost me a pretty penny!

Your Money: The Missing Manual, News and Reviews

Your Money: The Missing Manual went to a second printing while I was in Alaska. Not bad for a book that's only been out for a couple of months!

The book has been doing especially well at Amazon, where it's consistently been in the top 5,000 in sales, and has even creeped into the top 500. (I consider this very good for a personal-finance manual.) For a brief time, it was even outselling books like Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover!

My publisher seems pleased with the book's sales and with my promotional efforts, but I get the feeling they wish I'd mention it more often here on Get Rich Slowly. But the thing is, I'm not a hard-sell type of guy. (That's one reason I didn't do so well as the salesman for my family's box factory.) I'm happy to write the book, but flogging it is another matter; I'm not about to make this the Your Money blog. Still, I thought it would be fun to set aside a Saturday afternoon to share some of the reviews the book has received.

Here are excerpts from a few of the reviews I've found elsewhere on the web (emphasis mine):

    • The Financial Philosopher: “As for the ideal audience for (and people who should consider buying) Your Money: The Missing Manual, the appeal is quite broad. In fact, I can't think of a personal finance topic that Roth does not cover in the book. The tips and guidance might also be considered basic but I am a Certified Financial Planner (TM) and I have dog-eared many pages for later application to my own financial purposes.
    • The Digerati Life: “Being a fan of behavioral finance, there's a lot in Your Money that I could appreciate. Lots of great guidelines, anecdotes and encouraging words here. I also found the book very comprehensive; it struck me as a very well rounded way of tackling the subject of wealth, money and personal finance — from the practical stuff all the way to the psychological. If you're after the big picture on this subject, this would be the ideal book to get.
    • Wise Bread: “My few disagreements are all […] minor nits. If you need a book on personal finance, Your Money: The Missing Manual is a solid choice. It gets all the important stuff right, and does a great job of distinguishing between that stuff (that you have to get right) and the peripheral stuff (that you can do any of several different ways, as long as you do it).
    • The Simple Dollar: “What makes Your Money: The Missing Manual stand out? To put it simply, it's the voice. J.D.'s voice comes through loud and clear in this book, much more than I expected it to given that it's an O'Reilly title (which sometimes means a very technical voice). It's that approachable, real tone that has made Get Rich Slowly a top personal finance blog, and it also works to make it seem like the advice in the book is actually real and that you can actually do it, too. This is something that's missing in an awful lot of personal finance books, and it makes all the difference.”
    • An Island Life: “All I can say is, where has this book been all my life! This book is full of down-to-earth practical tips that will help you to become, if not a money expert, at least a well-informed consumer of money related issues.
    • ChildWild (from GRS staff writer Sierra Black): “There are more in-depth books on every topic this one covers. J.D. unhesitatingly recommends them. He's read dozens of personal finance books over the past four years. His own book distills the best from the best of what he's read. You'll come away with a decent handle on every major financial issue most adults face, and a reading list to help you dive deeper into the areas you need more help with.”
    • Duffbert's Random Musings: “This is the perfect book to give someone who is trying to dig out from a mountain of debt, or more ideally, to someone who hasn't yet fallen into that trap. Either way, the value of the information here is priceless if read and followed.”
    • Blogcritics: “If you have any questions and concerns about budgeting, saving, investing, spending, and getting the most out of your money you need to read this book. Your Money: The Missing Manual will get you on the road to financial security in a sane reasonable manner. It's a great investment.”
Note: If you know of another review (or if you've written one of your own), let me know, and I'll add it to the list.

Meanwhile, Your Money: The Missing Manual has garnered thirteen reviews over at Amazon for an average of 4.5 stars. Ten of these reviews give the book five stars, one review gives it four stars, and two give the book two stars. In the interest of balance, here are excerpts from the two negative reviews:

  • “Not a bad idea as such — but way too focused on American standards, and therefore of little use if you live and work in an exotic place like, em, Europe. The same goes for the book's tone, which is that kind of buddy-like, naïve voice that makes you feel like a five-year-old.”
  • “Lacks original thoughts, i.e. on nearly every page, J.D. references another author or website. Which makes me wonder what percentage of the material is re-used from elsewhere. He touts himself as an personal-finance expert, but lacks any sort of qualifications to justify that self-appointed title. He presents a brief description of concepts (from the perspective of a “regular guy”) but relies heavily on redirecting readers to online resources to gain clarification. His 14 guidelines are solid, but they appear to be derived from someone else's work.”

That first negative review is valid though puzzling (of course the advice is U.S.-centric — the book is for a U.S. market!), but the second one really hurt at first. Eventually I realized that there's nothing I can do about it, so I've just come to accept it. Yes, the book points to tons of other resources (that was the plan from the start!), but I know there's no plagiarism here, and that I've done my damnedest to make the book stand stand apart from the blog instead of just borrowing material published here previously. But you can't please everyone, right?

It's edifying that the book is getting good reviews. I poured my heart and soul into this book for four months (five, if you count editing), and gained 20 pounds. (I'm finally down to the weight I was at after walking the marathon at the beginning of October.) I did my best to write the book I wish I'd read five years ago, and I'm proud of what I produced.

Note: If you'd like a bit of a preview, you can check out the book's working outline in PDF form (complete with my production notes) or download a free sample chapter in PDF form.

Have you read Your Money: The Missing Manual? What did you think? What did I get right? What could be improved? Who would you recommend the book for? (And would the book make a good gift for graduates?)

Your Money: The Missing Manual — Now Available for Kindle!

Just a quick note from the book front. Many of you have asked for a Kindle edition of Your Money: The Missing Manual. While that wasn't originally part of the publisher's plans, they've decided that there was enough demand to take that step.

To summarize, here are all of the different ways you can pick up a copy of Your Money: The Missing Manual:

  • Print edition via Amazon for $14.95 (where there are used copies available from $9.95)
  • Kindle version from Amazon for $9.99 (I've downloaded this version, and can confirm it's the second printing, which corrected some small errors)
  • O'Reilly Media (the publisher) offers the print edition for $21.99, the e-book edition for $17.99 (which gives you access to a variety of formats), and a package with both for $24.99
  • Powell's Books also has it for $21.99, as does Borders Books
  • Barnes & Noble lists the book for $15.83

And, of course, your local library may have a copy. (The Portland library system has 20 copies — but they're all checked out and there are 29 holds!)

So, if you've been waiting for the electronic version of my book, you need wait no longer. You can download Your Money: The Missing Manual for the Amazon Kindle (or the Kindle app on the iPhone or iPad) for just ten bucks. I appreciate the support!

Note: The book continues to sport 4-1/2 stars (out of 5) at Amazon, even after 18 reviews. This pleases me. I put a lot of work into the book, and tried to make it as useful as possible. I'm glad folks find it worthwhile.

Meanwhile, I still haven't decided whether to pursue a second book. My agent and I had a conference with another, larger publisher. They'd like to do an actual Get Rich Slowly book, which I think is a great idea. However, their idea for what that book would look like is different than my idea of what it would look like. (I'd like to do a book that featured more narrative — stories from me and from GRS readers. I think using stories to illustrate concepts would be fantastic.)

Plus there's the problem that I'm not ready to devote all of my time to another book. I've been under a lot of stress the past couple of years, and it's only now beginning to let up. I want to savor this sense of freedom for a while.

Speaking of freedom: It's time for me to head into downtown Portland to watch tonight's Portland Timbers soccer match. I hope you all enjoy a great Independence Day weekend!

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Elle
Elle
10 years ago

Congrats on the book JD! I’m definitely ordering it 🙂

No Debt Plan
No Debt Plan
10 years ago

That’s great, JD. Congratulations on all the hard work!

Matthew
Matthew
10 years ago

I thought that if Harry Potter taught us anything, J.D., it’s that horcruxes are bad. 😀

Some would say that using your resources (money, talent, etc) to leave behind a legacy is a form of defeating death. In a sense, writing a book that may live beyond your years is like immortality.

Lara
Lara
10 years ago

Congrats on getting the book out. I’ve actually already got a copy. I bought it to give to a friend that is experiencing financial difficulties, but I’m going to finish reading it first. I’m currently about halfway through. I think it is done well and will serve as a good reference for my friend. I’ve learned a few things too. I do wish it had a little more levity and in depth stories, though (I haven’t see the phrase “Holy Cats!” even once yet). I feel a person who finds finance scary and boring would be more likely to enjoy… Read more »

Justin
Justin
10 years ago

I actually was ordering “The Other 8 Hours”, and this popped up as something others have purchased. I didn’t even know it was out yet. I should be getting it on Monday from Amazon. Can’t wait to see what “stuff” you “cre8ted”.

brooklynchick
brooklynchick
10 years ago

Congrats! SO exciting!!!

Sarah
Sarah
10 years ago

Already bought the book through Amazon, it came yesterday and I’m digging it. I didn’t hesitate to buy the book as yours is my favorite personal finance site!

Piccolina
Piccolina
10 years ago

Hi JD, congrats on the book!

Does the link for the pdf sample chapter need to be fixed? It doesn’t work for me.

Thanks!

kaitlyn
kaitlyn
10 years ago

So, for those of us who are still crazy in debt, would your recommend we buy this book or wait to get it from the library?

Kidding! Congrats on the release!

Nicole
Nicole
10 years ago

The numbers on librarything are slowly rising… It’s amazing how I have no books in common with anybody else who has it (well, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but who hasn’t read that?). A very diverse reading audience.

Can’t wait to see the list of more book signings/meet-ups– at least hit up the West coast!

Chickybeth
Chickybeth
10 years ago

I pre-ordered it from Border’s and it is on back order there “indefinitely”. I bought a copy from Barnes & Noble last Thursday and got it yesterday. I’m totally psyched to read it! (Wish I had more time…..)

Deborah M
Deborah M
10 years ago

The link seems to work now, and that’s a great set-up chapter. Congratulations, J.D.
Though I tend to use the library as much as possible, I’m going to buy two copies for two special young people in my life.

David
David
10 years ago

this is a terrible book, keep your money in your pocket instead of wasting it on this book

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
10 years ago

Congrats on the book…my frugal self is waiting to see if I can win it for free from another blog I read. Otherwise, hello Amazon.

J.D. Roth
J.D. Roth
10 years ago

@David (#13)
A terrible book? Yikes. I hope not. I poured four months of my life into this, and tried to make the best book I could possibly make. I know it’s not going to be right for everyone, but I sure hope nobody finds it terrible. In fact, I really hope it can help a lot of people turn their financial lives around!

Are there specific problems you have with it? What makes it terrible? (Or are you just trolling?)

Caitlin
Caitlin
10 years ago

Thanks for the discount! I snagged a copy to read. ^_^

Congrats on getting your book out, J.D.!

Kristen@TheFrugalGirl
10 years ago

That is a freaking hilarious typo! Love it.

And I am anxious to read your book. Congrats!!

BibleDebt
BibleDebt
10 years ago

Congratulations on your book and good wishes as you market it. You know your stuff, so the public speaking will go well for you, even though you will be nervous at the start. Looking forward to reading the blog that tells of how it went.

Matthew
Matthew
10 years ago

April 5: Chicago
Chicago’s a big town. I couldn’t find any additional information at either of the sites you referenced. Can you provide more detail?

Dare
Dare
10 years ago

Congrats, JD! I’m glad you have your book out. I have been reading your blog for probably over 2yrs or more now. Great stuff! I’m buying it regardless.

Jack
Jack
10 years ago

I’m trying to reconcile what you’ve taught me vs. what you posted. Haven’t you always preached against “Stuff”? Why should I buy this book when it will leave me poorer and with more Stuff? Shouldn’t I just get the book from the library – that way I learn with spending or getting clutter?

IDK, but is it hypocritical to tell people to be frugal and to not accumulate stuff, while promoting the selling goods on the side without a mention of libraries, etc.?

bhleigh
bhleigh
10 years ago

@Daivd (#13): seriously, dude?! have you even read the book? I am finishing up the chapter on buying a car and the book is great. I already have enough new personal finance information to more than pay for the book. Also, one of the greatest features of the book is the referencing. On every page there is a tinyurl link that points to more information or another opinion. Best case, the book is a great read and useful; worst case, its a reference manual to help you through financial situations. either way its a win. J.D., great book! keep up… Read more »

CC
CC
10 years ago

Just bought your book on Amazon and tweeted about it.

May your book become a best seller!

Thanks for everything JD

Eric
Eric
10 years ago

How US-centric is the book? I’m in Canada and finances don’t work quite the same here, especially when it comes to retirement planning. The principles are the same, sure; but the tools are all different: Roth IRA, 401k and whatnot don’t exist here.

So, does the book focus mainly on the financial tools or on the principles?

chacha1
chacha1
10 years ago

Do you ever dream of the day when someone on the Internet writes something mean and useless and unnecessary and stupid, and you have the power to virtually delete them so they can’t ever touch your website again?

TROLLS SUCK.

I’m confident that J.D.’s book does not.

Tyler Karaszewski
Tyler Karaszewski
10 years ago

I haven’t seen the book, so I can’t comment on its contents, but congrats on getting it out the door, J.D.! You put a ton of effort into it and it must be a relief to see it finally out there.

Jackie
Jackie
10 years ago

Congrats on your book! It’s got to feel good to have done a big project like that.

I’m also very curious about the meetup, and would love to attend if possible. I sent in my RSVP asking for more info 🙂

Mike
Mike
10 years ago

Congrats on the book! I went in to my Safari Books Online subscription to see if it was there, and sure enough, it was, so I’ll have to try to read it. I assume (hope) you get some revenue form that arrangement.

Ely
Ely
10 years ago

Well I observe that our local library system has already ordered 20 copies and there are already 6 holds. You could be well on your way to your goal of helping people – including people who can’t afford to buy books. 🙂

Congratulations, and good luck!

J.D. Roth
J.D. Roth
10 years ago

At allergy doctor with iPhone so can’t get fancy with reply.

Re Chicago: more info when I have it. I know it’s big.

Re library: I absolutely encourage folks to get it from the library, especially if the book would just be Stuff for you. But I do hope some folks buy it! 🙂

Re U.S.-centric: the book is a mix. The retirement chapter is all U.S., for example. But happiness and goals? Buying a car? Relationships? Should be applicable everywhere.

I hate allergies. News is I have them. Actual testing next Wednesday.

Shari
Shari
10 years ago

Too bad that was a typo. I’d love to read about defeating death!
I will be buying the book. I love this blog.

Kent @ The Financial Philosopher
Kent @ The Financial Philosopher
10 years ago

JD:

Congrats on the release! I’d be happy to review it at The Financial Philosopher. I think my readers could benefit, especially since you are a philosopher yourself!

Does a copy of some kind exist for my review? I’m not trying to get a free copy but I want to give my readers a comprehensive taste.

Let me know what I (and other bloggers) can do to help…

Kent

Crystal
Crystal
10 years ago

Shill away JD, you deserve it and it sound like everybody-myself included- is real proud of you and hope for your success. You’ve helped many people..again including myself. Thanks and I’ll be getting myself a copy

Carol
Carol
10 years ago

JD:

You book is already available in a Kindle-compatible format from Safari/O’Reilly. I got it the very first day it was released. The MOBI version works perfectly with the Kindle.

It’s also on Safari for the techie folks with access, and if you’ve got spare tokens, it’s 9 tokens to download.

Carol

Jennifer
Jennifer
10 years ago

Congrats on the book! I’ve tried to download the sample PDF and keep getting a “file damaged” message. Maybe the troll did it!!!!!

Allison
Allison
10 years ago

The first part of this post reminds me of my best friend’s favorite quote:
“Be like a duck. Calm on the surface but always paddling like the dickens beneath.”
~ Michael Caine

Congrats on the book!

Alslayer
Alslayer
10 years ago

Darn I wanted to grab the kindle version so I can read it right away. Any idea when the Nook or Kindle version comes out?

Shane
Shane
10 years ago

JD, you’ve been a big help with me and my personal finances. I routinely read your blog every day.

I bought Total Money Makeover for my girlfriend, but I will be more excited to get this book and share it with her. I feel like we’re all part of the “GRS gang”, and I’m hoping this book can show my girlfriend a piece of this incredible community we have.

Not to mention, I feel like I know you on a more personal level then say Dave Ramsey, and it will be really cool reading your first book.

Jane
Jane
10 years ago

I’m sure this is a helpful book with lots of valuable advice. I say that based on the great articles on this site.

@ #13 You obviously did not read the book. Stop trolling n get a life

Eric
Eric
10 years ago

@30 Thanks for the reply JD. Glad to hear it will be of use to everyone. Just got the ebook from O’Reilly, $10 is a pretty good deal!

(But curse you for making me, a programmer that loves to read and has poor impulse control, visit that site! 😉 )

Congratulations on getting the book out there!

Patrick
Patrick
10 years ago

Congrats JD! And no – you are not a hypocrite. If something is useful and can be utilized and bookmarked and referenced and you enjoy it – it would be hard to classify it as just more Stuff. I haven’t read it YET, but I imagine that owning this book would only help me to reduce my Stuff and improve my situation which would make me want to read it again and again. I also imagine that when the book outlived its usefulness, I would feel less guilty about gifting it or donating it. Checking it out from the library… Read more »

Jennifer
Jennifer
10 years ago

Regarding my comment on getting a “file damaged” message when trying to download the sample PDF…I was able to access it with IE instead of Google Chrome, which is what I initially tried. Strange.

Suzanne Muusers
Suzanne Muusers
10 years ago

Congratulations on the success of your book! I have been reading your blog for over a year now and love the informative posts. Thank you!

Kunal says "Hello Stock Market"
Kunal says "Hello Stock Market"
10 years ago

Hey JD!

Awesome work! I’ve just put in my order for the book.

Kunal

Gina
Gina
10 years ago

Once again congrats on the book JD!

I’ll be picking up my copy because I want to support you. I’ve been reading GRS for a long time for free, so I’m glad for the opportunity to help you out directly in small way.

P.S. I can’t wait to defeat death!

Cate B
Cate B
10 years ago

Got my birthday present copy from Amazon this week. I’m enjoying it so far.

This website has helped me so much over the past few years to get my finances in order. I recommend it (and now, the book) to everyone. Thank you!

Allen
Allen
10 years ago

I dunno, JD…I might have to side with #13 here…if you can’t tell me how to defeat death, then what good ARE you? I mean, any old hack can tell you to just spend less than you earn and voila, your money’s no longer missing! But what good is that if Death is still there, undefeated, laughing at you?

(Disclaimer: The above post is PURELY tongue-in-cheek, and I apologize to anyone who may have had the misfortune of taking it seriously.)

Jennifer
Jennifer
10 years ago

I went to the O’Reily site mentioned in the free sampler and they do have an ebook version available already.

Doug
Doug
10 years ago

FYI: O’Reilly site couldn’t process a credit card transaction for me. Called their 800 number and a rep did the transaction over the phone and made the e-book available immediately at my O’Reilly account page. Got the “Deal of the Day” price. The rep said that others have had credit card problems too…

Always been pleased with O’Reilly.

Dylan
Dylan
10 years ago

I’ll be donating a copy to my local library. Technically, this book is awesome. 😉

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