Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (Hardback)
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (Hardback)

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products (Hardback)

Hardback 256 Pages
Published: 06/11/2014
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‘Hooked changed my life. It's essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand their actions and habits.' – Steven Bartlett, investor, BBC Dragon and host of The Diary of a CEO podcast


Why do some products capture our attention while others flop?
What makes us engage with certain things out of sheer habit?
Is there an underlying pattern to how technologies hook us?

Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) with the Hook Model – a four-step process that, when embedded into products, subtly encourages customer behaviour. Through consecutive "hook cycles," these products bring people back again and again.

Eyal provides readers with practical insights to create user habits that stick; actionable steps for building products people love; and riveting examples, from the iPhone to Twitter, Instagram and Google.


  • ‘A great book for the modern marketing or business professional but [also] a great read for anyone interested in the psychology of habit and how it shapes our lives, our personalities and products.’
  • ‘Whether you are an entrepreneur just getting started, a psychologist seeking depth or an avid reader wanting to know more about the world around us, you’ll love this book!’
  • ‘Ironically, I was hooked on to this book! A must read for people looking to know the psychology behind tech giants like Facebook and Pinterest.'

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241184837
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 320 g
Dimensions: 200 x 138 x 22 mm


Draws on behavioural economics and neuroscience to examine why some products, games and television shows become habits, while others sink. This is useful knowledge for entrepreneurs, marketers and designers ... crucial to generating followers, viewers, consumers and revenues. - Financial Times Business Education

Principles derived from behavioral science play an increasing role in software design ... Among the most influential is Nir Eyal, an entrepreneur turned user-­experience guru who has become Silicon Valley's most visible advocate of habit-forming technology - MIT Technology Review

A must-read for everyone who cares about driving customer engagement - Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

The most high bandwidth, high octane, and valuable presentation I have ever seen on this subject - Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather

Hooked gives you the blueprint for the next generation of products. Read Hooked or the company that replaces you will - Matt Mullenweg, Founder of Wordpress

You'll read this. Then you'll hope your competition isn't reading this. It's that good.

Nir's work is an essential crib sheet for any startup looking to understand user psychology. - Dave McClure, Founder 500 Startups

When it comes to driving engagement and building habits, Hooked is an excellent guide into the mind of the user. - Andrew Chen, Technology Writer and Investor

I've learned a great deal from Nir, and you will too. He'll help you design habits to benefit your users, and your company.

If you're serious about designing seductive products that sell, Hooked is the only psychological toolkit you'll need

Gives an overview of one of the most interesting battles in modern business: the intense competition to create new digital products that monopolise people's attention - Schumpeter, The Economist

A must read for anyone looking to start a company or develop a product. It provides four actionable steps to attract users and to ensure that they continue to come back. - Firas Kittaneh, Entrepreneur

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