How Products Change Our Habits: Gretchen Rubin Interviews Nir Eyal

Because of Gretchen Rubin’s research for Better Than Before (Crown), her new book about how we can change our habits, she seemed like a great fit to interview Nir Eyal, author of the forthcoming Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products (Portfolio).

How do successful companies create products people can’t put down? Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us? Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more).

Today on LinkedIn, Gretchen interviews Nir to talk about how products change our habits and our lives. Check it out here (no LinkedIn login is required).

Weekend Reading: Jane Green $2.99 Deal!

Jane Green‘s latest novel, TEMPTING FATE (St. Martin’s) is $2.99 as an ebook today! There are a few hours left to nab the deal… plans for tomorrow can now include Jane’s wonderful novel, which People called a “compelling tale [that] reflects an understanding of contemporary women that’s acute and compassionate, served up with style.”

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We liked this comment posted on her Facebook page as well!

I paid full price and got to read it the day it was released. And I have no regrets.”

Catmull and Davies Make FT Business Book of the Year Award Shortlist

Congratulations to Ed Catmull, author of CREATIVITY, INC: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (Random House) and Nick Davies, author of HACK ATTACK: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch (Faber & Faber). Both were shortlisted today for the Financial Times and McKinsey Best Business Book of the Year Award!

(Vine video by Andrew Hill of the FT)

The winner of this year’s award will be announced on November 11, 2014 in London.

WTF is $1.99!

Hear ye, hear ye, everyone who spent copious amounts of time yesterday following everything Apple, Apple Watch, iPhone, little iPhone, medium iPhone, big iPhone, iPad super, iPad mini, iPad mini mini, iPad super mini yesterday. All you Apple devotees, we are betting if you read ten articles about the Apple Watch, you probably already own an Apple product- meaning you can take advantage of today’s one-day-only deal for WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (Mulholland Books) by David Shafer. The book is on sale now for $1.99! Buy it in the iTunes store.

Dwight Garner said thatWhiskey Tango Foxtrot just may be the novel of the summer”. Your move, Apple Watch.


One new Apple iPhone 6 at $199 = 100 copies of WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT!

Publication Day for RARE BIRD

Sometimes, you find a book that moves you to your core, that makes you question how and why the world works, and how we go on in the face of tragedy. Anna Whiston-Donaldson has written that book: her brave, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about losing her son Jack is a mother’s gift and prayer to the world in the face of the darkest days. How do we deal with grief? How do we mourn and still feel hope? What does life look like after loss? Where is God, and where was God? Anna’s rich, true voice and the portrait of her life with her family will move you, and it can help you in your grief, or learn to help others’ in theirs.

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RARE BIRD: A Memoir of Loss and Love (Convergent Books), is out in the world today. The response has been overwhelming. Glennon Doyle-Melton of the blog Momastery and author of Carry On, Warrior, is helping to introduce the book online today in this post. She writes, “We’ve never launched another author’s book here at Momastery. Today is a first, which is fitting because Rare Bird is a one-of-a-kind book.” 

Glennon writes: “The magic of Rare Bird is that- ANNA BUILDS A BRIDGE FOR US- a bridge from our heart into the heart of the griever. Anyone committed to becoming a better friend or a wiser human being should read this book.”

Please, please –  let us not say: I can’t. I won’t read it. It’s too much. That pain is too much. That is not what we say to someone in grief.  And it’s simply not true. We can bear each other’s grief and joy. That is what we’re here for, in fact. And so please remember that loss is not contagious but it is inevitable. Loss visits us all.” 

“One of the gifts of Rare Bird is the glimpse into how to help a friend in crisis…Anna shares her wisdom with us.”


How you can help to launch the book:

“Like” the An Inch of Gray Facebook Page so you won’t miss out on launch events/news.

If you are on Goodreads, mark Rare Bird as “To Read”

Ask your local library and/or church to order the book.

Once you have read the book, please leave a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads.

Read the book with your book club, Sunday School, or grief group (Discussion guide is coming soon)

Hold loosely to your copy of Rare Bird– keep an eye open for opportunities to give it away to someone who would benefit from it.

Let Anna know if your organization would like to learn about Rare Bird or have her come speak.

If you refer to Rare Bird on social media, use the hastag #rarebird  (Anna’s twitter handle is @aninchofgray)


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