Alright, the big day is finally here! REWORK is now available in stores. You can order the US version online from the following booksellers:
International versions are either out already or coming soon. Check with your local retailer. There’s also an audiobook version read by Mike Chamberlain (listen to a sample).
At the book site, you’ll now find a PDF that includes five essays and illustrations from the book:
Download PDF excerpt (1.7 MB)
And here’s the copy from the inside flap of the book, also a good primer on what you’ll find:
Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you’re looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.
REWORK shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you’ll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don’t need outside investors, and why you’re better off ignoring the competition.
The truth is you need less than you think. You don’t need to be a workaholic. You don’t need to staff up. You don’t need to waste time on paperwork or meetings. You don’t even need an office. Those are all just excuses.
What you really need to do is stop talking and start working. This book shows you the way. You’ll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.
With its straightforward language and easy-is-better approach, REWORK is the perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, people stuck in day jobs they hate, victims of “downsizing,” and artists who don’t want to starve anymore will all find valuable guidance in these pages.
Reviews are starting to pour in. Inc Magazine’s review of Rework:
Fried and Hansson are the Henry David Thoreaus of entrepreneurship. They preach doing less and embracing constraints…Written with genuine voice — a sometimes cranky and profane voice at that.
800-CEO-READ did a brief Q&A with Jason in advance of the book. Here’s what the site’s Jon Mueller had to say about the book:
This isn’t just a book about changing your business, it’s about changing how you think about business, and is, perhaps, one of the most important books you’ll read this year. Whether you’re admin or CEO, there are many things to learn, and this book offers some great insight into how we all can waste less time, offer people more value, and accomplish things we’ve not yet imagined.
Tim Ferriss encourages people to think of the book “as an Elements of Style for building profitable businesses in a web-savvy world.” Small Business Trends says, “It distills the typical business subjects to essentials, then offers inspired suggestions with a sharp imaginative eye.” This Chicago Magazine profile plugs the book too.
Not everyone loves REWORK though. One critic called it “not just bad but dangerous.”
It’s been quite a haul to get here (this podcast will tell you all about the process of writing the book) and some thanks are due.
We’re very appreciative of all the great work done by our team at Crown Publishing: Dennelle Catlett, Jacob Bronstein, Jean Traina, Julian Pavia, Meredith McGinnis, Nathan Roberson, Rick Horgan, Tara Gilbride, Tina Constable, and everyone else there who helped out. We realize we’re not the easiest bunch to work with so we appreciate all of your patience and hard work.
Mike Rohde did a terrific job on the illustrations while under a really tight time frame. Getting those sketches in there really transformed the book. And kudos to Coudal Partners and everyone else who did such a snazzy job on the video trailers.
Lisa DiMona at Lark Productions is our agent and did a super job guiding us through the foreign world of book publishing. Seth Godin also gave us some invaluable pointers along the way and provided the blurb that’s on the cover of the book.
And thanks to everyone else who provided blurbs too: Tom Peters, Mark Cuban, Tony Hsieh, William C. Taylor, Kathy Sierra, Scott Rosenberg, Saul Kaplan, Penelope Trunk, John Maeda, and Jessica Livingston. We really appreciate your time and kind words.
And finally, thanks to you guys: the readers of Signal vs. Noise. Your feedback and comments have helped us examine these ideas from every angle. We’re thankful to have such a wise audience.