- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; Reprint edition (September 19, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465067107
- ISBN-13: 978-0465067107
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 591 customer reviews
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The explanations of the psychology behind product interaction are, to me, poorly organized and explained. Further, if you've read any psychology or behavioral economics before, there's little to be learned here.
Finally, the writing itself is fairly poor. I read nonfiction almost exclusively, so I don't think it's the technical nature of the content; it's just not very engaging. The personal anecdotes, as other reviews have noted, often feel forced and a little self-congratulatory. A better editor would have helped, too. There were quite a few instances of small annoyances such as using "less" where "fewer" was needed, or an overabundance of "as a result" towards the end.
P.S. If you enjoy this book, I would recommend a podcast called 99% Invisible that is produced by Roman Mars.