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This Will Never Happen Again (but it happened)

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Sometime between the day I first photographed Manhattan and the day I wrote about my first uptown naked party, a New York based website called Thought Catalog approached me about reposting some of my articles.

I said yes, and I’ve been contributing material occasionally ever since. TC has a much bigger audience — most of the Eastern Seaboard’s twenty-somethings, I think — and I know many of you found Raptitude by reading Thought Catalog. Some of my pieces hit it bigger there than they ever did here — How to Make Trillions of Dollars made the front page of Reddit, which would have crashed my site if it had linked directly here.

Thought Catalog has an ebook division, and over the last few months I’ve worked with them to assemble a collection of Raptitude articles into a book, called This Will Never Happen Again.

Since very early in this blog’s life, fans have been bugging me to both release a Best-Of compilation and give them a way to read Raptitude articles on their Kindle. The time has come. The book is available now, through both Amazon and Apple iTunes.

This Will Never Happen Again contains revised and repolished versions of classic Raptitude articles, including A Day in the Future, Die on Purpose, and What Love is Not, along with an opening essay and a previously unreleased article called The Bedtime Ritual.

I want to clarify that you do not need a Kindle or e-reader to read it. You can download Amazon’s free Kindle app for your computer or mobile device here. It takes two seconds.

Also, if you like it, please leave a favorable review on Amazon or iTunes.

Thank you, I love you people.

Get the book now. Be reading in less than a minute.


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Jardley September 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm

CONGRATULATIONS David! I’m beaming. I’ve never bought an E-book before and have read these listed stories and yet I find I want to purchase this just because of how much of an impact you’ve had on my life.

From a non-Kindle reader or E-book reader, is all I need is the app and this book will be permanently in my account? Or will it erase at some point? Online products always feel so temporary to me.

Vilx- September 16, 2013 at 2:04 am

Of course it will be permanently in your account. You can even have several devices, all assigned with the same account, and read the book on all of them. Think of how unpopular the service would be if you had to re-purchase your books every now and then. :D

Eric Holmes September 27, 2013 at 1:59 am

Do not just be a spectator, the most important is the real action if you do not want to lag behind the others.

JB September 16, 2013 at 12:18 am

Done. Look forward to reading it. Congratulations, David. I hope every 20 something on the Eastern Seaboard buys it.

Jane September 16, 2013 at 3:24 am

David I’m so excited for you, I found your blog a long time ago, completely by accident when I felt pretty lost. This will never happen again is one of my favourite articles and the bigger the audience for it (and all your writing) the better. Congratulations :)

Andrew Sum September 16, 2013 at 4:17 am

Congratulations on the release! I hope it goes well!

Mira D September 16, 2013 at 4:49 am


Lindsay September 16, 2013 at 5:54 am

Congratulations on your success, David! This is well-earned. Hope it does well!

Tobi September 16, 2013 at 6:10 am

Congratulations, David! It’s about time you got your own book, we’re all very happy for you and we love you too!

chris walter September 16, 2013 at 6:20 am

I’m so incredibly proud and impressed by you David. This is a fantastic development. You have a such a unique way of seeing the world I’m glad you’re finding ways to reach more people.

Lan Chi Pham September 16, 2013 at 7:25 am

I’ve been reading your blog for the past several months ever since a friend of mine posted one of your essays on facebook. Your posts have changed the way I think and feel; I find myself adapting your viewpoints to my own life, with eye-opening results. Thank you for your wisdom and I will definitely be reading this book. Congratulations on reaching a wider audience! I hope they benefit from your essays as much as I have.

Lora September 16, 2013 at 7:48 am

Congratulations! Well deserved and I’m excited for all the new people who are about to discover your writing.

John Krygiel September 16, 2013 at 7:48 am

High five David! I look forward to reading it.

Rusty September 16, 2013 at 7:54 am

You are a beauty buddy!! Can’t wait to have a beer with ya soon and talk Fantasy Football. And my career took over my life!! Blimey!!

Henry September 16, 2013 at 7:58 am

David, congratulations. I’m drawn back to your website again and again – your article ‘Most Lives are Lived by Default’ is honestly one of the most significant things I’ve ever read online.

Looking forward to reading the book!


Marcio September 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

Bought it. Just to say thank you! Congrats.

Duska Woods September 16, 2013 at 8:14 am

We love you back David!

Duska Woods September 16, 2013 at 8:15 am

We love you back David! Congratulations!

LL3482 September 16, 2013 at 8:24 am

Congratulations David! I knew it wouldn’t be long and you would really be on your way. I hope you are free to ditch the day job whenever your heart desires.

Rebecca September 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it, will hop on over and buy it!

David September 17, 2013 at 6:35 am

Aw, thanks so much everyone.

Lynn September 17, 2013 at 10:07 am

Purchased. Easiest decision ever. Having your stuff on my Kindle is a no brainer.

Petra September 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Is it only 25 pages, or did something go wrong with the download?

Fabian | The Friendly Anarchist September 20, 2013 at 11:10 am

Great to see this is available on Amazon.de as well. Congratulations, David, and good sales. It’s a pleasure to have your writings on my Kindle!

Mark September 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I have been coming back irregularly ever since your ‘Most lives are lived by default’ post struck a chord. Always enjoy the thought provoking posts here and I just ordered your ebook without a moments hesitation – looking forward to reading it!


Boh September 21, 2013 at 12:29 pm

You inspire me David. People like yourself have helped my believe in the idea of pursuing a degree (perhaps career) in Creative Writing.

Thank you and congrats!


Matt September 21, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Hey David,

I’m super looking forward to reading your book. Longtime blog reader, you are seriously one of the bright spots on the internet.

Just wondering if you have plans to offer a non-kindle ePub. I have a kobo, and that’s what would be compatible.

Rose December 1, 2013 at 4:36 am

I found a non-kindle epub version on fnac.com

Daphne B December 10, 2013 at 8:22 am

I can believe that David also wrote Who Moved My Illusion? but it’d be a surprise to me if he wrote How to Support Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace: A Paritas Guide. These two titles appear under his name in the Apple iTunes store. Just wondering if someone is trying to cash in on the name.

David Cain December 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

Neither of those are mine. I only have one book on amazon. Unfortunately there are other legitimate David Cains out there. There’s David Cain, Juggle for Jesus; there’s David Cain the musician, and another writer named David Cain. I might have to add a distinguished middle initial. But according to Google I’m the most popular real-life David Cain. The most popular David Cain is a comic book villain.

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