How one author uses PBwiki to let anyone edit his New York Times bestseller

20 Feb

Tim Ferriss is the author of The 4-Hour Workweek, a book that’s become phenomenally successful. (The book is about “lifestyle design” and working less to achieve your goals, including some provocative ideas about outsourcing your life.)

After simultaneously being listed as a bestseller on the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Businessweek lists, Advertising Age listed it as one of 2007’s best product launches.


In fact, we have a few copies of the book in our office.

For the second edition of his book, Tim decided to use PBwiki to edit his New York Times bestseller. On the 4-Hour Workweek wiki, he asked his readers to point out corrections, add ideas, and suggest examples for the newly revised 4-Hour Workweek.

The 4-Hour Work Week wiki launched last night around 11pm and already has hundreds of visitors and dozens of high-quality edits.

This is a great way to use PBwiki. By allowing his readers to add their thoughts, Tim taps into their collective knowledge. And because he has a Premium wiki, he can assign his editors “Contributor” access so anything they do is reversible (e.g., no deleting pages!).

Learn more:

If you’re interested in using PBwiki for managing a project — or writing your own New York Times bestseller! — create a free wiki at

6 Responses to “How one author uses PBwiki to let anyone edit his New York Times bestseller”

  1. Gather No Moss February 20, 2008 at 6:45 pm #

    I’m as big a fan of the Four Hour Work Week, but I have to say, having people edit this for him is both “smart” but also “annoying.” He’s crowdsurfing his editing.

  2. Serge Lescouarnec February 21, 2008 at 8:06 am #


    Great book

    A quick question

    I am presenting a panel titled Just Over 50 and Not Dead Yet at ‘South by Southwest Interactive on March 8.

    Would PBwiki be a good tool to field questions from those who cannot make it to Austin but are interested in the topic?

    Could it also be a good planning tool for the panel members in the last 2 weeks?


    Serge the Concierge

    ‘The French Guy from New Jersey’

  3. Terry Finley February 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    That is gutsy. I am not sure
    my head or my heart could
    handle it.

  4. Ramit Sethi (PBwiki Team) February 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    Hi Serge,

    PBwiki would be great for SXSW (congratulations on presenting!). In fact, a bunch of other people are using PBwiki for SXSW that we have a special page for PBwiki users. Check it out here.

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  1. PBwiki featured in New York Times blog - The Daily Peanut - May 15, 2008

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