Info.. Finspreads are now sending out letters to old and new customers to tell them that they are only offering a maximum of 8 weeks at a minimum 1p a point stake size, after this 8 weeks, the minimum stake size will be 50p a point. Finspreads also say in the letter, If old and new customers do not agree to take up the Trading Academy for 8 weeks, then they will be placed on the 50p stake at once.
I agree with JohnnyT. The posts on this site are excellent for helping newbies to gain a greater understanding of charts.
As far as books go, I've recently read Murphy's Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets and Nison's Japanese Candlestick Trading Techniques . Both brought lots of things into sharper focus for me. They are two authors who not only know their subject but can explain it clearly and logically to the lay person.