Best Kindle Books to Inspire Simplicity

Best Kindle Books to Inspire Simplicity

I read a combination of ebooks and print books. I was slow to move to Kindle reading because I love ink on paper, but now enjoy the advantages of a simple e-reader.

What I like most about Kindle and reading Kindle Books:

  • Simplicity. Connect it to an Amazon account and charge it. That is all you have to do to take care of your Kindle.
  • Flexibility. You don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can download them right to your computer or iDevice and read them with a free Kindle App.
  • Affordability. Kindle books start at the low low price of FREE. With so many great authors self publishing, pricing is more affordable in most cases compared to print books.
  • Ease. You can send a Kindle book as a gift just like a print book. It arrives immediately and there are no shipping costs.
  • Space-saving. Picture a busy bookcase. Now imagine that it fits in the palm of your hand. I know you love your books, but what you love most about them are the stories and those can all be delivered via Kindle.

If you have a little downtime coming up or are determined to build in pockets of solitude for reading, here are a few books you might enjoy to inspire simplicity and support your journey to live with less.

Best Kindle Books to Inspire Simplicity

Living With Less: An Unexpected Key to Happiness (Simply for Students) by Joshua Becker. In Living With Less, Joshua will guide you through biblical teachings on possessions and his own personal experience with minimalism living with only the essential. You’ll see how his life was transformed by this Jesus-centered choice that rejects the flow of our culture.

You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too by Tammy Strobel. In this book Strobel combines research on well-being with numerous real-world examples to offer practical inspiration. Her fresh take on our things, our work, and our relationships spells out micro-actions that anyone can take to step into a life that’s more conscious and connected, sustainable and sustaining, heartfelt and happy.

The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life by Francine Jay. Ready to sweep away the clutter? Just open this book, and you’ll be on your way to a simpler, more streamlined, and more serene life.

Simplicity: Essays by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. In the two years since the authors quit their six-figure corporate jobs and embraced simpler lives, they have written more than 200 essays on the subject of simple living. Simplicity: Essays serves as a “best of” collection for their most important collaborative writings.

The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey. Ramsey debunks the many myths of money (exposing the dangers of cash advance, rent-to-own, debt consolidation) and attacks the illusions and downright deceptions of the American dream, which encourages nothing but overspending and massive amounts of debt. “Don’t even consider keeping up with the Joneses,” Ramsey declares in his typically candid style. “They’re broke!”

The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life by Leo Babauta. The Power of Less demonstrates how to streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.

The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year: How to create time, space and money by Rachel Jonat If you want to enjoy those first months and year with your new baby, if you want a relaxed and restful pregnancy, if you want less clutter and more sleep, this book is for you.

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence by Vicki Robin. In Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin shows readers how to gain control of their money and finally begin to make a life, rather than just make a living.

My books on Kindle

I’ve written and self published three books for Kindle to help you keep things simple. Each book is available for less than a dollar through the end of 2012. If you read the books, let me know what you think and if you have questions.

Clutterfree I wrote this book with Leo Babauta from Zen Habits. Clutterfree is about creating more time and space by eliminating the clutter in your home and life. By understanding why you have so much stuff, you can start to let it go and enjoy the best that life has to offer.

Living in the Land of Enough This is a book about choice. Clearly, living in the land of plenty isn’t making anyone happier. This book demonstrates that choosing less when it comes to money, food, entertainment, and distraction leads to less stress and more happiness.

Simple Ways to Be More with Less If you have imagined a life with less, reading this book is a great way to get started. Most of us have lived our adult lives working more, to make more, to spend more, to have more. We haven’t done it maliciously, but out of habit. Our parents wanted better for us and we want better for our children, but somewhere along the way we forgot what better was. As you go through the Be More with Less process, you will subtract things from your life, and add other things (which aren’t really “things”) back in.

I still visit the library and love supporting authors and local book stores by purchasing books, but also appreciate the benefits that reading on a Kindle has to offer.

What are you reading right now?



  1. says

    I haven’t read either of your books and I’m a fairly new Kindle owner so I just bought them both. Thanks for pricing them so reasonably!

    Right now I’m reading Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift and Alone Together by Sherry Turkle.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Thanks Jill! One of the highlights of self publishing is controlling the price. I’d love your feedback once you have a chance to read the books.

      Also, thanks for sharing what you are reading. I am building my reading list for 2013!

  2. says

    Like you, I’m really looking forward to having some extra reading time over the Christmas holidays! It’s what I look forward to right through those last busy months of the year! Thanks for the list about why e-readers are great. I’m thinking about getting one next year. I love my hard copy books, but can definitely see a use for an e-reader, especially when travelling or just going out and about and not knowing which books to take with me (I’ll be able to take them all on my e-reader!).

    • Courtney Carver says

      Hi Kim, It definitely takes some getting used to, but well worth the adjustment period. 😉

      Also remember that you can read Kindle books on your computer!

  3. says

    At first, I wasn’t sure I would like the Kindle,because I do love holding a book in my hands. However,I love it! It is so easy,no shipping,no shipping materials,and it doesn’t take up space,which is very important in my small house. I have a few of the books you mention (including yours!)I suggested your books on my blog just the other day :)

  4. says

    One of my favorite reasons is I can read at night without disturbing my husband and without fumbling around with a book light. I have yet to meet a book light I get along well with!

  5. says

    I’m proud to say that i’ve read 80% of those recommended ebooks :) I have read your ebook land of enough twice and got the simple ways one this week and finished it fast. Ebooks our great! I also built up the confidence to message Tammy on facebook and tell her how much she has inspired me and how I loved her ebook (read it twice as well).

    And now i’m reaching out to you! I think you’re very helpful. I hope to one day talk to you and write about you on my blog.
    Thank you so much for being so inspirational and giving great advice and tips! I hope you show up on YouTube more as well, I’ve only seen two videos!

    I hope we can get in contact one day, have a great day!

    • Courtney Carver says

      Hi Cheri,

      I don’t do a lot of video, but that could change! Thanks so much for purchasing my books and reaching out. That is one of the best thing about blogging is that you can easily connect with like minded people. Say hi anytime and let me know if I can be helpful.

      • says

        I would love to see more videos! :)

        Keep writing such great books, and i’ll have no problem reading them, especially since they are at a great price also.

        The internet is pretty amazing, I love being able to connect to like minded people. I would love to have you as a sort of life mentor, even as a friend! Maybe I will move to e-mail to talk to you!

  6. says

    Thank you for sharing such a great list of books. I just bought your two e-books. I’m looking forward to reading them tonight when i get back home. I will also look into getting “Simplicity: Essays”. I like the idea of reading short essays and also like that they come from such high-paying/stressful lives but still never looked back after choosing less. It is truly the way to go.

    Thanks for writing and keeping us motivated!

  7. Nadia says

    Just downloaded your book Living in the land of enough. Looking forward to reading it. I am reading a book series with each paper book being around 850 pages. This is another reason to love an e-reader!

  8. Sonja van Vliet says


    Great post! One of the things that have hold me back in buying a kindle is the fact that I mostly read at night before going to sleep. I have trouble falling asleeping and reading some light fiction from a real/paper book makes me relaxe. I am concerned that a digital divise will do the contrary and keep me awake. What are your thought on that?