25 Must-Have Kindle e-Books and Subscriptions for Sports Fans

Thanks to Kindle fans, Amazon sales were up 42 percent over the holidays. Keeping stride with their electronic readership, Amazon now provides over 410,000 books for its electronic book reader in the Amazon Kindle Store. We waded through these offers to bring the best sports fan collections straight to your Kindle.

The following 25 must-have Kindle e-books and subscriptions for sports fans provides the best that Amazon has to offer in football, baseball, soccer, sports culture, and sports marketing. If you follow the links and browse at the Kindle Store, you’ll learn that there are far more than 25 sports fans books at Amazon; however, this list contains the top-rated and best-selling e-books. If you’re a sports fan, you’ll have fun discovering more books that focus on various teams, team players, and special perspectives on specific teams and sports.

This list is categorized, and each link is listed alphabetically by title within those categories.

Sports Fans in General

  1. Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul: Every sport is covered and every age level can relate to the stories in this book that highlights the positive nature of sports.
  2. ESPN The Magazine: The Daily Playbook: A daily subscription of ESPN The Magazine, from classic sports stories to predictive analysis and controversial opinion including Behind the Bets, The Gamer, MMA Submission, The Action Sports Report and Ryan McGee on NASCAR.
  3. Fans of the World, Unite! A (Capitalist) Manifesto for Sports Consumers: Stephen Ross, a law professor at Penn State, and Stefan Szymanski, an economics professor at Cass Business School in London, believe American sports fans are caught up in an abusive relationship. The authors outline a plan to end fan suffering, stressing league control via an independent entity.
  4. God Save the Fan: Will Leitch, the founding editor of the sports blog, Deadspin.com, offers a collection of passionate, original essays about the good, the bad and the ugly. If you trust Leitch, you’ll love this book.

Baseball

  1. Baseball Americana: The Library of Congress houses the world’s largest baseball collection, documenting the history of the game and providing a unique look at America since the late 1700s. Now Baseball Americana presents the best of the best from that treasure trove to your Kindle.
  2. Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball: Baseball Field Guide organizes and explains the sometimes vague, misleading, confusing, inconsistent, and obscure rules governing America’s favorite pastime.
  3. Fair Ball: A Fan’s Case for Baseball: Emmy Award-winning sports announcer, Bob Costas, is a natural for audio. He uses this platform to its best advantage to talk about what’s wrong with baseball today.
  4. Watching Baseball Smarter: This is a professional fan’s guide from beginners, semi-experts and “deeply serious geeks.” Trivia abounds, as well as a tongue-in-cheek style that brings it all on in an easy-to-read book.

Basketball

  1. Great Moments in Basketball History: Young basketball fans may savor this book, which covers famous buzzer-beating shots, amazing game-saving plays and thrilling maneuvers that defied gravity.
  2. March to Madness: The Ultimate Fan’s Trivia Book: This book features unique profiles of the basketball’s most courageous as well as its zaniest characters as well as tons of trivia.
  3. The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan’s Tour of the NBA: Chris Ballard, who covers the NBA for Sports Illustrated, provides a real insider’s gem of reporting basketball. His obvious passion for the NBA shines through.
  4. The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy: Author Bill Simmons, best known as ESPN.com’s “The Sports Guy,” explores the NBA with laugh-out-loud insight, spot-on analysis and a slew of irreverent footnotes.

Football

  1. Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era: Michael Oriard, a former second-team All-American at Notre Dame, explores a wide range of trends that have changed the face of big-time college football and transformed the role of the student-athlete.
  2. Every Week a Season: A Journey Inside Big-Time College Football: Brian Curtis tracks several perennial powerhouses, such as Colorado State and Florida State, over the course of the 2003 season.
  3. Football for the Utterly Confused: This book provides new fans or spouses of die-hard football fanatics with the ins and outs of what’s going on on the field, as well as insight into the historic rivalries, traditions like the wave, and the greatest moments in both college and professional leagues.
  4. The Class of Football: Compiled in conjunction with the Pro Football Hall of Fame, The Class of Football brings sage advice from legends of the game. Use their knowledge, leadership, experience and athletic prowess to learn more about the game.
  5. The Football Fan’s Manifesto: Popular football blogger Michael Tunison of KissingSuzyKolber.com offers the no-hold-barred rules and bylaws that every football fan should know in The Football Fan’s Manifesto.

Soccer

  1. Football, Violence and Social Identity: Drawing on research from all over the world, this volume examines the culture and loyalties of soccer players and crowds and their relation to social order, disorder and violence.
  2. Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America’s Forgotten Game: The world calls this game, “football,” but Americans call it “soccer.” How did America come to accept this game and how have American teams changed the rules? Find out in this absorbing book.
  3. The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer: David Goldblatt tells the full story of soccer’s rise in this book, from chaotic folk ritual to the world’s most popular sport-now poised to fully establish itself in the USA.
  4. The Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup: The editors, both American, gather essays for each of the 32 countries that compete in the 2006 World Cup, providing an exceptional variety of discourse and digression on soccer as it relates to politics, culture, and personal life.

Marketing Perspectives

  1. ESPN The Company: The Story and Lessons Behind the Most Fanatical Brand in Sports: ESPN tells the fascinating story of how ESPN managed to sustain its growth, innovation, and brand in a highly competitive and rapidly evolving marketplace.
  2. The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace: World-renowned communication expert Irving Rein, international marketing guru Philip Kotler, and communication specialist Ben Shields deliver an innovative new business model centered on fan satisfaction and retention.

Sports and Culture

  1. Consuming Sport: Fans, Sport and Culture: This book examines the process of becoming a sport fan, and the social and moral career that supporters follow as their involvement develops over a lifetime.
  2. Sports and Their Fans: The History, Economics and Culture of the Relationship Between Spectator and Sport: Though Americans spend more than $25 billion on sports and sporting events, this book argues that the influence of sports on our lives is even more profound than this huge figure would seem to suggest.

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