Lindy Book

You don't want to waste your time reading lousy books? Here is a collection of masterpieces that will have an impact on your life. Books which are lindy will be also relevant in twenty years. Time to read and reread them.

The books featured on this site belong to the lindy category. They are written by authors with a high degree of erudition or by practitioners with skin in the game.


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Click here to get to the full book list sorted by different categories. It includes essays, aphorisms, history books and scientific literature.

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Which books are lindy?

Nassim Taleb coined the idea of the lindy filter as an absorbing barrier. The two main absorbing barriers for books are the author and the topic about which the book is written. There are timeless topics and topics that attract attention in the short term but become irrelevant in the long term. Additionally the author's findings may become obsolete because he or she does not have Skin in the Game or lacks erudition.


Some attributes to avoid

In order to decide if a book is lindy or not, you can look at different attributes of its content. Here is a list with some characteristics, which may point to an absorbing barrier.

  • Buzzwords
  • References to poor sources (especially from the fields of psychology, sociology or economics)
  • Very predictable table of contents
  • Non-lindy topic (current trends)