the product manager interview book

Counterfeit Books by Lewis Lin

Over the last month

Over the last month, I suspected counterfeit versions for both The Product Manager Interview as well as Decode and Conquer.

I took a couple photos to document the differences of the fake and genuine versions. Starting with the spine (above), the most glaring difference is the counterfeit version (middle) is:

  1. Not as tall as the original books

  2. Utilizes a sans-serif font for the book title that’s a much thicker font-weight than the original


It’s harder to tell from this second photograph, but the counterfeit version (middle) doesn’t have the same color as the genuine books on the left and the right. It’s also shorter. It also some dirt and what feels like spilled water damage on the cover.


The back cover also indicates differences in color. It has a bit more of a reddish tint than the legitimate books.


For the interior pages, you can see the differences between the counterfeit copy (right) and the genuine book (left). The counterfeit’s pages are darker, the text is fuzzier, and the contrast is less nuanced. In other words, if the counterfeit one looks like a copy of an original book, it is.

Microsoft PM Offer: More Kudos for Decode and Conquer & The Product Manager Interview by Lewis Lin

Just got this note earlier today, and I'm excited to announce that we've got another happy reader. This time, he secured a Microsoft PM offer. 🎉 🍾 🥂

One more thing to note: the reader is absolutely correct. That is, the PM interview frameworks you'll learn from Decode & Conquer can absolutely apply in helping one become a "better product manager." So any time you spend preparing for the interview, will always be time well-spent, whether or not you get the job offer.

Have a happy Monday and conquer those interviews,

Lewis C. Lin


What's the difference between Decode and Conquer vs. The Product Manager Interview? by Lewis Lin

Since I released The Product Manager Interview, here's the top question I've received:

Could you please tell me what the difference is between the two and if you had to pick one, what would it be?

I'm currently looking for switching my focus from product marketing to product management, and my friend recommended me to read Decode and Conquer written by you. When I searched this book, I found that you also published The Product Manager Interview: 164 Actual Questions and Answers recently. It says it's an ideal complement to Decode and Conquer. Could you please tell the differences between these two books? And which would be more suitable for me as a newbie?

Difference between Decode and Conquer and The Product Manager Interview

Here's my answer:

Which One Should I Get

I'd get both, because familiarity and mastery, are important objectives.

If you'd want to tip-toe your way into PM interviews, then I'd get D&C first.


Kudos in 2018...and more about The Product Manager Interview by Lewis Lin


I woke this morning to this nice note, from one of my readers in Europe!

I'm happy to hear that my books are making a difference in everyone's pursuit of their dream jobs in 2018.

I'm also happy to announce that my new book, The Product Manager Interview, is selling very well and getting some rave reviews, including this one from earlier this week:


Have a good weekend, and I wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2018!

Lewis C. Lin

Kudos for The Product Manager Interview: Lewis C. Lin's New Book by Lewis Lin


My newest release, The Product Manager Interview, is out!

I'm happy to announce that sales have absolutely exceeded all of my expectations. Two weeks after it's release, it continues to hold the Amazon's #1 spot for new release in job interviewing.

And readers are finally getting the book in their hands. Here's a nice note that one reader sent about his experience with the new book.


With the winter break around the corner, I can't think of a better book for those who are getting ready for product management interviews...either for now or for interviews in the new year.

Conquer those interviews,

Lewis C. Lin