If you really want to learn, look into trend trading, you cant find free pdf books online if you just put in effort and actually look. Look at Michael Covels Books, Trend Following, The Complete Turtle Trader, etc. Watch YouTube videos, study moving averages, (the 200 MA is best for trend following, dictates where the long term trend may be heading.) The main thing you need to learn is yourself, controlling your emotions, if you can do that and make trades with a clear head, you more than halfway there. Then just study technical analysis, support, resistance, moving averages, etc. Trading stocks is very simple once you learn, but its hard as well because people cant control themselves. This is NOT a get rich quick though, by reading your question it is clear that you need patience or the markets will eat you alive. (STUDY-Risk Management, Trade Management, Emotional Trading How To Avoid It, Stick To Your Plan No Matter What, if you deviate you are in your emotions.) Just hit the books, and trade small.