15 Book Giveaway! Enter to Win My Book Collection

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It’s a rare, but fun giveaway day here at Man Vs. Debt!

I’ve done these every now and then, but nothing like you’ll find today… Today I’m giving away the remaining books in my own collection – all of them.

And they are good ones, too.

There are 15 different real-life, tree-killin’, bonafide book-books.

I’m going to pick one winner to get them ALL. That’s right, I’m going to personally pack and ship all of them to a single lucky winner. Whoo-hoo!

There are several ways to enter, which you can read about my scrolling down below. Each entry is weighed the same, but you’ll get chances to enter up to four times.  :-)

I’ll pick a winner at 8:00 am EST on Dec. 14th and post the update here.

UPDATE: A winner has been selected! See the video below for the process of selecting a winner:

First, though… the awesome line-up:

What You Win: All 15 Books…

Never Get A Real Job by Scott Gerber

The book is hot of the press and getting a lot of buzz in entrepreneur and blogging circles. I’m new to Scott, but I love his straight-forward, no nonsense advice and approach. The book’s subtitle is awesome: How to Dump your Boss, Build a Business, and Not Go Broke.

The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau

You all know how big of a fan I am of Chris Guillebeau. I have one non-personal copy of Chris’ blockbuster book left and I’m throwing it in. Chris and his writing have had a more positive impact on my business and life than any other source. Plus, we are featured in Chapter 8!  :-)

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Tony is the guy behind the amazing company Zappos, which I got to tour when I was in Las Vegas for BlogWorld. The company and it’s people have amazing stories and are world-renowned for their unbelievable customer services (think ordering pizzas and sending flowers to people… crazy stuff).

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is one of those people you always hear good thing about – in fact, I’ve never heard anything that wasn’t raving about her! We’ve only met once – for about 3 seconds – thanks to Glen Stansberry, however I’m plotting behind the scenes to meet her soon (no, not stalking… planning…). Did I mention the book is a NYT Best Seller?

Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland

Erin runs the wildly popular blog Unclutterer and has written this great resource for de-cluttering and organizing. Both the book and her blog was a great resource – not only for us personally – but in helping inspire the guides Sell Your Crap.

eBay for Dummies by Marsha Collier

The title of this book is self-explanatory and along with the book below it were used as research assistants when I was putting together Sell Your Crap. This book is actually very helpful.

Complete Idiot’s Guide to Making Money with Craigslist by Skip Press

This book was another I got as a reference when compiling Sell Your Crap – however, unlike eBay for Dummies – I found this little to any help. I wasn’t really impressed at all and wasn’t able to use almost any to help my purposes. Free is free, though – and it may be able to assist you better.

Privacy Means Profit by John D. Sileo

This was a book I was sent for free that I actually held onto to read myself. I never got the time to dig in, but it looks very compelling. It appears to be a very factual and action based book on how to prevent and deal with identity theft – a topic we can all use a little knowledge on. :-)

Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth

Finally back to a book I do love and adore!  :-)  J.D. is the founder and editor of the insanely huge blog Get Rich Slowly. Many of you knew I staff wrote for GRS for a year recently. If there was one person I would turn to for well-rounded personal finance advice myself – it would be J.D. – no joke, he knows his stuff.

Personal Investing: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

This book is by the same publisher and in the same series as J.D. Roth’s book, however I haven’t dug into this one myself. The great people over at O’Reilly sent it to me. If it’s even close to the caliber of J.D.’s writing, it’ll be a worthy read though!

How to Be Rich and Happy by John P Strelecky and Tim Brownson

This is a book co-written by Tim Brownson, who I occasionally admit in public is a friend – and who may have helped coach me for a period of time. :-)  All kidding aside, Tim is a great guy – and this book is actually signed by John AND Tim (with a message to me). Despite that awesome signature, I know Tim would wan’t me to pass it along so that others could benefit. :-)

The Skinny On: The Art of Persuasion by Jim Randel

The Skinny On book series – which I’ve given away here before – are tiny, quick books that feature stick figure drawings. At first this sounds a little amateur, until you realize the advice and presentation are top-notch. There are no frills, just straight, fun advice on a wide variety of topics. In the case, persuasion!

The Skinny On: Networking by Jim Randel

One of my favorite of all the Skinny On series, this short guide is on networking genuinely!

A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

Another book in which I’m in love with the subtitle: “Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future”. My mother turned me onto Daniel Pink and his books and I read this one a plane trip. He has a compelling voice and very complete writing skills – reminds me of the few Malcolm Gladwell books I’ve read (which is a huge compliment).

Drive by Daniel Pink

I’m only about half way done with this second Daniel Pink book, but will make a point to finish it by the time I have to send out all these books to the winner. This title focuses all around motivation – a topic I’m really enjoying! :-)

How to Win these 15 Books!…

There are four simple ways to enter to win:

1. Leave a Comment on this post.

As simple as it can get, simply scroll down and leave a comment below. Be sure to include a working email (it’s anonymous).

2. Like Man Vs. Debt on Facebook and leave a comment on a thread there.

Click above to Like Man Vs. Debt on Facebook, then visit the MvD Facebook Page and leave a comment on the official giveaway thread I started.

3. Follow @ManVsDebt on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway.

Follow @ManVsDebt and tweet (or retweet my tweet) about the giveaway. Be sure to include the hashtag below so I can track entries (easiest way: copy and paste this below)…

Baker is giving away 15 popular books for FREE today over @ManVsDebt –> http://bit.ly/dVMXHe #MvDBooks

4. Sign up for email updates – access a special link this Monday.

In this coming Monday’s post to email subscribers there will be a special link inserted at the very top of the email. This won’t be available on the blog or to RSS subscribers (email only). This link will allow you to get one final entry if you are on the list.

You can sign up below to ensure you get it. You’ll also get the Free Email Series “5 Barriers to Freedom… and how to destroy them.”




ERIK MCENTYRE December 10, 2010 at 3:59 PM

I finally learned to read…now if only I had some books!

Lauren Caselli December 10, 2010 at 4:17 PM

Eeek! I want those books! Great idea and can’t wait to see what the big reveal is on Monday!

Kevin Holmes December 10, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Facebook won’t let me reply to the post. I’ve heard rumors of “new security settings” doing that on Facebook, but I’m not sure why.

Regardless, I’ve re-tweeted and posted here… I hope this shows my ferver and zeal.

I’ve got ferver and zeal for days, baby.

Rob December 10, 2010 at 4:47 PM

I just found your site and twitter accoun thanks to our mutual friend Justin Lukasavige. I really don’t have much crap left to sell, but I’m interested in learning more!

Sage Rabe December 10, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Sweet! I love books. Would be fab if I won. Keep rocking the nomadic life!


Juliet December 10, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Wow those books sound great. I’m just starting out in the ideas of minimalism and web entrepreneurship. I’ve just culled half of my books, but I’m reckoning these would be value adders, rather than dust gatherers! Thanks Baker… Looking forward to your big announcement. Methinks given that you’re giving away your last 15 books, that you guys are taking off somewhere on a new adventure. What fun!

matt December 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM

i’ve been waiting for Drive to be returned to my public library for weeks now, I’m about to break down and buy it. If you gave it to me, that’d be great!

Jason December 10, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Great books! Let’s see what happens!

Kelly December 10, 2010 at 8:55 PM

Awesome giveaway! This is a great set of books!

Cynthia December 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Can’t wait for Monday’s announcement!

jennifer December 10, 2010 at 11:18 PM

great books + they’re 1s i’ve been trying to save up $ to buy for myself (my local library doesn’t have them). love your blog and looking forward to monday’s announcement.

Anna December 10, 2010 at 11:30 PM

I love books!!! These would be an amazing addition to my library! (Well, i have 2 of them already but I’d love to read the rest)

Financial Samurai December 11, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Guess I’m gonna have to enter too! I’d like to read Chris’ book.

Jen December 11, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Re-tweeted and posting here, as I’d LOVE to win these books! Thanks for the giveaway!

Daniel December 11, 2010 at 12:51 AM

nice collection, i’ve been too cheap to buy any of them but i’d love to take them off your hands!

Min Foucha December 11, 2010 at 7:41 AM

What i find difficult is to find a blog that can capture me for a minute but your posts are not alike. Bravo.

Argee December 11, 2010 at 8:40 AM

Great blog! I want to win your book collection 😀

Merry Christmas!

Sharon December 11, 2010 at 9:59 AM

So many things I wanted to read. Thanks for the chance to win!

Joe Gajda December 11, 2010 at 10:14 AM

Wow what a prize! I can’t even think about how motivating all of these books would be!

Heather December 11, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Would love to read — and then give away — all of these books. (OK, while I haven’t gotten rid of all my books, the collection is about half of what it was a year ago … getting there…)

Dave D December 11, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Excellent point, would love to read and then pass along this book deal! Signed up for the email as well…

Rob Ward December 11, 2010 at 12:10 PM

I won the books last time, but I can still try right? Drive has been on my list to read for a while now…

jenn December 11, 2010 at 1:10 PM

You’ve got some books on here I would really love to read. Feels kinda lame clicking over from my reader just to comment for the giveaway, though, since I rarely comment otherwise… looking forward to your big announcement. :)

Erica Gott December 11, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Well, I’m getting rid of my own books, but I think I’d love to read these before I start my travels, so put me in the drawing, too.

Thanks, Baker!

Candice Tyson December 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM

I would love to have the books and think its nice of you to give them away.

sherri Chekal December 11, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Oh wow, these look right up my alley! Thanks for having a contest, that’s fun stuff… but thanks more for sharing you wisdom and ideas, they are great!

Mitchell December 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I really enjoy reading your blog when I can. I hope to pay off my debt, sell all my stuff, and move to Argentina next summer. You’ve been a true inspiration ever since I came across your blog last summer!

Jonathan December 11, 2010 at 5:29 PM

Not only am I hopeful I win – I think this is a fantastic idea, one I might implement myself one day to pass on great books to others.

David December 11, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Wow, this is a great giveaway. The first book I’d love to read on the list is the book by Daniel Pink ‘A whole new mind’. I know some people who are really good at one thing yet seem to be completely lost at another eg the typical IT guy who can only speak to you in a logical, orderly way. So tips on how to improve another part of your brain, and WHY it can be helpful, would be fascinating.

Jaclyn December 11, 2010 at 8:41 PM

You have a terrific blog! And what a great giveaway!! That would be awesome to win this incredible set! Keep up the great work!

Amandas December 12, 2010 at 12:07 AM

I’m guessing milli’s gonna be a big sister!

How generous of u to give away your remaining books.

Jackie L. December 12, 2010 at 3:22 AM

thanks for the giveaway.

Pennie December 12, 2010 at 4:17 AM

I’ve read a lot of these but but no libraries around me have the Guillebeau book so I’d love to get a copy of that!

Maher December 12, 2010 at 4:47 AM

Hey Adam,

Great giveaway, would love to win those books!


Volker December 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I like that. I more or less donate all my books after I read them.

There was also a project in Germany where people let their books in public areas with the note “take it, read it and if you want you can give it away” :)
Haven’t seen such a project in US yet :(

BD December 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Would love to win!

Rosie December 12, 2010 at 7:41 PM

Wow, I’d love to win your books – thanks for arranging the competition! All the best this Christmas.

Emily December 12, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Seriously? Sweet! Can’t wait to hear your big announcement …
would love to win the books as I begin my transition into the self employed world!

@Volker that happens a lot around here: boxes of free stuff, books, clothes – it’s awesome~ no reason you couldn’t start that where ever you are.

Anne Alexander December 12, 2010 at 10:00 PM

this should help me get on track financially foar the new year.

Chris Shyrock December 12, 2010 at 10:39 PM

Love your mission man!! And your generosity is bar-raisingly awesome!!

Cheers and Happy Giving!!
– Chris

Michael December 12, 2010 at 11:24 PM

What better holiday gift to receive! The gift of self improvement to improve life for not only myself, but my family and loved ones! Happy Holidays!!

brett December 13, 2010 at 12:56 AM

throwin’ my name in the hat…i’m a sucker for a good set of free books!

Naturally Single December 13, 2010 at 1:30 AM

nice titles!

Kathy December 13, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Hi, I just found your blog. I’m hoping to learn some great finance info.

Jon December 13, 2010 at 7:01 AM

I’d like to win.

The Financial Blogger December 13, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Hey Baker,

You are awesome! Do you ever stop to sleep sometimes? 😉

Megan December 13, 2010 at 9:42 AM

I love your blog, Baker! It has helped me make a lot of positive changes in my life over the past few months.

I hope to be reading your books soon!

Beth December 13, 2010 at 9:58 AM

yes please! if you don’t mind posting to the UK. Also, I tried to add myself to your email subscription, but not sure it worked … please add me :-)

I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m finding it inspirational for our own downsizing project – as you can see from the blog link with a massive 2 entries, we are only just setting out on our journey :-)

Trudy Garvey December 13, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Would love to have these books to read!!!

Shannon Noack December 13, 2010 at 10:23 AM

Count me in for the contest! Those books look great, would love to win them :)

Lindsey December 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Those books sound awesome!

Dan December 13, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Would love to read those books!

Ignacio December 13, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Hope to be lucky!!!

J Lynch December 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM

2009 was The Year of Parades (went to every parade I could find) 2010 was the Year of New Things (I learned how to skate!) and 2011 is The Year of Fiscal Responsibility. I’ve been carrying debt for too long now. Enough already. I don’t expect to eliminate it all in the next year but I’m certainly going to give it a good kick in the pants.

With winter here, I’m going to hunker down at home and start the process of selling my crap. Should I win this draw, I really only want to read two of the books: Unclutter Your Life in One Week and Drive by Daniel Pink. I would gladly give the others away to recipients of Adam Baker’s choice.

Good luck everyone and, thanks for the website, Adam.

Kathy December 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

I am in the process of downisizing and learning about how to do more with less… Having these books would go along way to getting me closer to getting a better plan towards my goal! Thanks

Aimee December 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Hopefully it is not too late to enter? I would love to get those books!

George December 13, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to beef up my collection with these.

susan December 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM

I would love to win this, i need all the help i can get!
i am enjoying your website!

Robin December 13, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Thanks for the opportunity! I look forward to reading them! If I don’t win I may have to look for some of them at the library…

Farnoosh December 13, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Baker, what a kind gesture. I wanted to ask you if I do win this lovely collection, read them and then give them away in a similar gesture to my readers, would that be acceptable to you? I’d like to keep the cycle of kindness going. Many thanks!

Alex December 13, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Ooo Ooo! Pick me!

Amanda Miller December 13, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I’m inspired by how you have de-cluttered your life without de-value-ing your life… I hope I win these books so I can take that first step!

Megan December 13, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Oh wow! Half of those books are on my “to read” list and the other half are on my “to own” list. I make it a point only to own books I’ve already read and want to reference. I particularly enjoyed Drive and Delivering Happiness, and would love to own them, and I’ve heard very good things about The Happiness Project, The Art of Non-Conformity, and A Whole New Mind.

Very cool books to give away! Thanks, Baker.

Hugh Kimura December 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Great idea! I’ve just been donating my books but this is another great way to recycle them.

Nate December 13, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Cool idea Baker, one that Daniel Pink and his right brain would approve of. :)

Josephine December 13, 2010 at 8:32 PM

oh wow. niiice

Gloria December 13, 2010 at 8:34 PM

I would love to read these books enter me please.

Robin December 13, 2010 at 8:47 PM

I’d love to win for sure!!

Nick Adams December 13, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Wow, I am really envious of the freedom that you and your family have created for yourselves. All the hard work and sacrifice really does pay off. Thanks for being an inspiration.

ps. I like books :-)

KB Baird December 13, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I’d love to have the books. Congrats on the RV.

Baker December 14, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Thanks, everyone! Entries are now closed and a winner had been picked and contacted. Scroll up to see the video of me picking the winner. :-)

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