Simplify / Inside-Out Simplicity Debut on Amazon

He who does not expect a million readers should not write a line.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

In February, 2010, we released a book, Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life. In some ways, it recounted our story. In other ways, it provided the inspiration and practical help to encourage others to simplify their home and minimize their possessions. Ultimately, it argues that you’ll find more life when you intentionally choose to reduce your possessions. You’ll find more time, energy, and finances to pursue your greatest passions. And love the freedom that comes from owning less.

It was immediately met with great acceptance around the Internet. Leo Babauta called it “a must-read.” Naomi Seldin at The Times Union in Albany, NY said, “If you’re looking for specific advice on how to live well with less, this book is worth a look.” Tanna Clark, a professional organizer in Tennessee wrote, “I absolutely love Simplify! It is a simple, straightforward guide to simplifying your life and brings new light to the term minimalist.” Courtney Carver at Be More with Less listed it among her favorite books on the topic. Eventually, 300 other bloggers began promoting our book to their readers and followers. Over the past 20 months, it has sold over 3,500 copies.

And today, for the first time, it has finally become available on Amazon. To celebrate its long-awaited arrival, we’ve priced the book at only $0.99 for the next ten days.

This is a win-win situation. It allows you to own the book for the cheapest price it has ever been offered. And it helps us generate interest, sales, and reviews. In other words, it helps launch the book properly. It’s a win-win proposition. But after ten days, the price will increase.

I hope you’ll consider purchasing a copy today. If you are among the 3,000+ that have already read it, we encourage you to leave a review on Amazon – these will be helpful to future buyers. Thanks in advance.

Where to find SimplifyAmazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook), and Smashwords (other devices).

** UPDATE: Simplify is currently ranked in the Top Ten Best Selling Self-Help books on Amazon for the 21st straight day! It also peaked as #13 among all Nonfiction Kindle Books. I’m so grateful for all your support. Thanks again. **


Six months later, in August of 2010, we released our second book, Inside-Out Simplicity. If Simplify was written to provide the practical help and inspiration to encourage others to journey down the road of living with less, Inside-Out Simplicity represents the accompanying journey inward. It is a book that dares to tackle the weightiest topics of life. It offers its readers an inside-out approach to the simplified life. It recognizes the fact that simplicity is a state of the heart. And it provides the practical advice to find it there.

Again, it has become beloved among simplicity and minimalist bloggers around the Internet. It’s been called, “the best e-book I’ve ever read,” “excellent,” “and “not just an endless list of external to-dos. Rather, it explores and uncovers what it takes to transform our very being—the essence of who we are on the inside.”

It is to be digested slowly – even revisited. It promotes generosity, honesty, forgiveness, and contentment. It provides the blueprint for a life lived with no regrets. And it offers practical encouragement to realize it fully in your life.

And again, for the first time, it makes its debut today on Amazon. Inside-Out Simplicity has always been priced higher than Simplify – not just because the book is longer, but because of its content. Although it has been purchased over 1,500 times, it was never written to be sold to the masses. Instead, it was written for those who value the journey within and are willing to make the necessary investment. However, for the same reasons listed above – and for the next ten days only – it will also be offered for only $0.99. After ten days, the price will increase.

Where to find Inside-Out SimplicityAmazon (Kindle), Barnes and Noble (Nook), and Smashwords (other devices).

For those of you who don’t own a Kindle, you can still read Kindle books using the free Kindle Reader App on your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, or other device.


This is an exciting week for us at Becoming Minimalist. Up until today, these books have been sold exclusively on this site. But we look forward to introducing them to a whole new audience of people. You can help us by purchasing a book, writing a review, or sharing these titles via Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Thank you so much. You’ve made this crazy ride incredibly enjoyable.


Special thanks to Chris and Deb for helping make it possible.

Joshua Becker

About Joshua Becker

Writer. Inspiring others to live more by owning less.
Bestselling author of Simplify & Clutterfree with Kids.

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  1. Jodi says

    Thank you so much! I’ve wanted to purchase both of your ebooks for ages, but didn’t want to deal with .pdf formatting on the Kindle. Glad I waited. Awesome, you made my day!!

  2. Juha Ylitalo says

    At the end, I decided to buy the books from Smashwords as some sort of protest against Amazon’s surcharges from international customers. :)

  3. says

    Just purchased them both for my Kindle and am looking forward to reading them. Will post reviews as soon as I’ve finished my first read of them. Thank you. Love your blog, I’m new to this community and am learning and changing so much in so many positive ways by simplifying my and my family’s life.

  4. Karen says

    I bought this & read it yesterday on my kindle (well the laptop version). i liked it, found it simple & inspiring.
    I really liked the stories, and encouragement to share our minimalist journey with others. We have just sold our large house and are dowsizing, rationalizing or something.

    Thanks for the enjoyable read!

  5. DebbieRN says

    I have been reading your blog for a long time now. Have pretty much become a rational minimalist too. Your writing encourages me. I have purchased both your offerings and will encourage others as well. Thank you!

  6. DebbieRN says

    To Jill,
    You can get them for just a download. We won’t have a Kindle till after Christmas. You click on put it on the Kindle cloud or there is another option. Please try going thru the process of ordering it. Good Luck!

  7. says

    Got my copies and just wanted to say love your blog and LOVE your books. Read them both super fast and now am revisiting them at a more leisurely reflective pace. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  8. Mark says

    I purchased both books on my Android( they want to know a lot when you sign up
    for an Amazon account). I can’t understand why they strike such a nerve. I guess
    because people enjoy being told how to run their lives. I have stored them for
    When I throw away my android. I am for your success. But this could be a test
    as well as a blessing depending on how popular that message becomes. And how
    Many sell. ML

  9. Mark says

    The books are good. Different chapters will resonate more than others. I do
    Get the feeling that the author does practice what he preaches. They will be the first
    and only ebooks I purchase. I still distrust technology. For. 99 cents It was worth
    The risk. I can’t add more now, they do need to be reread. One reading is a waste of time, I hope I benefit from them. Put into practice when and if you wish, but
    Even more than that you just may learn something about yourself, in an area
    You would never think to look.
    Peace to all

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