The Simple Dollar Giveaway #4: Five Free Books!

This week, in celebration of The Simple Dollar’s impending six month anniversary (on April 30), I am giving away five top personal finance books to my readers:

A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel (the newest edition, still only available in hardback)
Yes, You Can Get A Financial Life! by Ben Stein and Phil DeMuth (new release, still only available in hardback)
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki (a classic)
America’s Cheapest Family Gets You Right On The Money by Steve and Annette Economides (a great little book on frugality)
The 9 Steps To Financial Freedom by Suze Orman (a classic)

Wow! I want one! What do I have to do?

1. Find a post at The Simple Dollar (besides this one) that really evokes a response in you and made you think, whether you agreed with it or not. Maybe you read a list of tips, did the research, and found several more ideas that work. Maybe you read a more opinion-oriented piece and strongly disagreed with it. Maybe you read something on here, tried it out, and it really changed your life in some fashion. Maybe something just made you think.

2. Write at least fifty words in response to that post – I want some interesting meat to read!

3a. If you have your own blog, make that response into a blog post that includes a link back to the post that you’re writing about.

3b. If you don’t have your own blog, add that response as a comment and use your correct email address in the comment.

4. Send me an email with the subject line “Giveaway #4 entry” that contains the URL of either your blog post or the post here that you commented on, as well as the one book out of the five that you’d like to receive. There may be some strategy in naming a book – if you think one book is going to get a lot of requests, you should ask for another book to increase your chances, but of course a lot of people might be doing that. Only one entry per email address!

When can I enter? The contest starts now and ends on Friday, April 27, 2007, at 11:59 PM Central Time.

Who can win? I will only ship books within the continental United States.

How will I know if I won? When the contest ends, I will use a random number generator to select one winner for each book and then contact that winner by email. As soon as all winners have communicated their mailing address to me, I will post the list of winners here on The Simple Dollar, likely as part of a Morning Roundup. If you wrote a blog post, I’ll link to that post at that time.

Fine print! All rules of the contest are solely at my discretion. I can cancel the contest at any time. All contest disputes are solved by me and me alone. Entries to this contest imply agreement to these terms. I feel kind of sad that I have to post such a thing as a trailer to a giveaway, but these are the times we live in.

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  1. plonkee says:

    trent, can I join in even though you won’t ship the book to me? I’d be happy for the book prize to go to the next random number if you drew me.

  2. Trent says:

    Sure thing, plonkee!

  3. Mopsy says:

    10 Money Questions for Skye K; response to Question 2.
    I slept on the wood floor in my new apartment after separating from my husband of 24 years. That purchase of a matress and box spring for $99 was the best money I’ve ever spent. It’s 10 years later, I have a new bed and a new life. It was all worth it.

    I’d like Suze Orman’s book please.
    I read your column every day. Thanks for the help.

  4. Ian Cheung says:

    er… Why are you giving away Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and describing it as a top personal finance book and a classic when clearly by your own accounts it isn’t?

    Btw I do love most of your site, but this give away is a bit puzzling.

  5. Trent says:

    These are basically books I’ve reviewed for my weekly book review that I no longer wish to keep, with the exception of Random Walk, for which I wound up with two copies and am giving one away. I only have so much room on my bookshelf. Whether I like them or not, someone out there may want them.

    And, yes, RDPD is a classic, even though I don’t like it. Any book that sells that many copies in a genre like personal finance and is still in print after more than a decade.

    I am planning a really cool giveaway to coincide with the end of the 52 Books / 52 Weeks series in early November.

  6. Carl says:

    I think RDPD is more of a correct financial mentality and motivation training than anything. I would argue for this reason alone it is in the top personal finance books.

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