Interested in Habits? Want a Free Bonus Gift? Of Course!

My new book, Better Than Before, explains how we can master our habits. In it, I reveal the secret to changing habits—really!

It turns out that changing habits isn’t that hard, when you know what to do. The book hits the shelves on March 17, 2015.

Pre-orders really help a book, by building buzz among the media, booksellers, and readers. If you’re inclined to buy Better Than Before, pre-ordering now is a big help.

So, as a thank-you to readers who pre-order the book, my publisher is offering a limited-edition bonus set. As you see in the image, you’ll get…

  • A Better Than Before cell-phone case (for the iPhone 5 or 6, or Samsung 5)
  • A wallet card with my Habits Manifesto
  • A bookplate signed by me


To receive your gift, pre-order the book from your favorite retailer, save your receipt, and click here to fill out the form with your order confirmation. If you’ve already pre-ordered, don’t worry — there are instructions telling you what to do. (And thank you!)

Want more information before you commit yourself to a pre-order?

To read an excerpt, look here.

To listen to a clip of the audio-book, listen here (that’s me, reading).

To check out other habit-related materials, click here. (For instance, you can get one-pagers on “Eating Better Than Before,” “Working Better Than Before, ” “Exercising Better Than Before,” and my favorite, “Reading Better Than Before.”)

Remember, you won’t be charged for the book until it ships.

This offer runs until February 15, 2015. Alas, my publisher can offer this in the U.S. only, and has a limited amount, so I apologize in advance if we run out.

As always, readers, I so appreciate your support and enthusiasm. If you live in a tour city, I hope I see you this spring. If you live in L.A., San Diego, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco, Princeton, Washington D.C., Boston, Madison CT, Cedar Rapids, Philadelphia, or of course New York City, I’m headed your way. Please come, tell your friends. (Tour dates in Canada, UK., and Australia coming soon.)

Better Than Before  was very tough to write; habit change is a very challenging, large subject.  But I loved writing this book.

As always, readers, thank you for your support and enthusiasm.

  • Guest

    Too bad, I live in Canada. Any idea when you’ll be posting your Canadian tour dates and cities?

    • gretchenrubin

      I’ll get it up as soon as possible!

  • Andria

    Congratulations on your new book, Gretchen! I very much enjoyed your first two, and am happy to see that I live near one of your Tour Cities. Best wishes for the book tour!

  • Leslie H

    I pre-ordered my copy with Amazon in September…Can’t wait to have it in hand!

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  • Fatema Ali

    I pre-ordred my copy with Amazon in November. But it is truly a shame that you don’t acknowledge your international readers and followers.

    • gretchenrubin

      For the most part, each different country has a different publisher, and they all do their own things in terms of promotion. I’m sorry I don’t have something different to offer to ALL my readers.

  • Debra

    Gutted! I live in New Zealand. Can’t wait to have the book in my hands though 🙂

  • Megan

    Thanks for the link to the audio book clip! I’m in Canada, so I can’t preorder it to buy, but I did preorder the audiobook at my library – I’m first in line! 🙂

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  • Linda

    Of course not! I have learned to avoid the come on of “free gifts” to encourage me to purchase something. Those free gifts are usually items of little value to your life and over time add up to piles of clutter that have to be dealt with. I am looking forward to your book and will buy it when it comes out.

    • gretchenrubin

      One of my happiness habits is to be very wary of accepting things for free, too! I hope people will like these things, but you’re absolutely right – don’t take them if they’re not something that you can actually use and want.
      I hope you enjoy the book!

    • Gillian

      I couldn’t agree more. One of the most effective phrases we can use to reduce the clutter in our lives and to reduce our consumption is “no, thank you”.

      I seldom buy books now; I use my local library. (This is a good habit that makes me a little sad). I just checked for Better Than Before – they have 18 on order. I’m number 6 on the wait list. I see that the Canadian cover is slightly different than the American one – same design but rather than the stars being cool blue, they are warm red/yellow. Wonder why – what difference in the Canadian and American psyches are they appealing to?

  • Alana

    I am in Canada and I pre-ordered through Chapters/Indigo (on-line.) If I pick it up instore (and I do) then shipping is free.

    Is it just a coincidence that the release date is St. Patrick’s day? Or is there something we should know? 😉

    • gretchenrubin

      That’s a coincidence, but seems like it should be meaningful somehow!

  • Linda Marie

    Keep me posted your NYC date I will come to your signing. Thank you.

    • gretchenrubin

      Here’s the NYC info:

      New York, NY, Barnes & Noble, Broadway & 82nd Street, In Conversation with Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive , Q&A, Signing on April 07 2015 07:00 PM

      New York, NY, @Macaulay Author Series 35 W. 67th Street, Macaulay Honors College In conversation with Anne Kreamer, author of Risk/Reward ; Signing (Reservations suggested, make reservations and get info here) on May 11 2015

  • Megan Kelly McQuivey

    Do you recommend purchasing your book on kindle, or the physical book? I read most of my books via kindle or audible, but I did enjoy having a physical copy of the Happiness Project to mark, reference, etc.

    • gretchenrubin

      I think that many people will want to mark up this copy, too.

  • I can’t wait to read this! Thank you for the pre-order bonuses, I just got my info in.

    Kindness is the best accessory,
    Rebecca –

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  • Ellen

    Ah jealous! Do you have any idea when it would be available for Aus? Really looking forward to it 🙂

  • DontheCardfan

    I just finished “Better Than Before” a few days ago. It was very good, I really enjoyed it…and if used it will help you so much! I am a questioner, I also find it much easier to totally abstain from things than to occasionally give in…if I give in, I tend to cave in…but, if it’s not up for grabs…I don’t think about it and consequently also don’t use up willpower on it…great book…thank you for your research and writing…