A concise, easy-to -understand primer that first teaches the basics of stock options and then offers a hands-on approach to using options conservatively. Beginning with a description of what an option is and how an option works, The Short Book On Options takes the reader on a journey from learning the language of options to being prepared to trade. The book provides detailed answers to these important questions: What are the steps involved in trading options? Why would you want to sell a stock option? What do you have to gain? What do you have to lose? How do you choose which option to sell? The Short Book On Options is especially useful for long-term buy-and-hold investors, owners of a self-directed retirement plan, investment club members or anyone who wants to increase the performance and safety of his/her investment portfolio. The author teaches a conservative strategy focusing on profitability with reduced risk. By the time you finish reading this book, you will be eager (and prepared) to make your first options trade.