Making Sure You Get My Reading List Newsletter

If you’re wondering where the May issue of my Reading List Email is…it sounds like we have a problem. It appears that Gmail’s tabbed inbox layout is finally starting to catch up with my newsletter because the email definitely went out. In the last few days, a bunch of readers on Twitter informed me that Inbox Tabs have been shuffling my Reading Recommendation newsletter into their Promotions tab–or worse, to Spam. For whatever reason, this month’s email had to lowest delivery rate I’ve ever had.

If you’re one of the 40,000 people who enjoys getting the recommendations each month, there are two ways to ensure that it always ends up in your Primary inbox where you can see it.

Drag and Drop

The easiest way is to drag and drop.

Locate the Reading Recommendation Email in your Promotions tab. Left-click and drag the email from Promotions over to Primary.


Once dropped, Gmail displays a yellow box that asks if you want to make this change permanent. Click Yes to ensure that all messages from [email protected] appear in the Primary tab going forward.

Create a Filter

Locate one of my Reading Recommendation Emails in your inbox by searching for “Ryan Holiday” or “[email protected].”

Create a filter for “” and check the box next to “Never send it to SPAM” on the second screen.


That should do it.

Thank you to all the readers who brought this issue to my attention. If you’re not already getting my monthly reading recommendations, you can sign up right here.

Written by Ryan Holiday
Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is The Way, Ego Is The Enemy, and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the Columbia Journalism Review to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised companies such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as Grammy Award winning musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.