Friday, August 28, 2009

New Book: Free


Thanks to Luke's suggestion, I recently listened to the audiobook version of "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," by Chris Anderson. It currently has 3.5 stars from 50 Amazon reviewers. True to its name, the audiobook was free. Here's a link to a Wired article about the book that includes a link to the zipped unabridged book in mp3 format.

The author, Chris Anderson, is the editor-in-chief of Wired and author of the bestseller The Long Tail. I've read The Long Tail, and I recommend it.

I'm having difficulty synopsizing the content of Free. It's about the emerging economy of commercial business models that give away products and services, while monetizing novel channels to cover costs. The archetype example is Google. Here's a more elequent review of the book by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker. And here's a slightly longer Wired article about the concept with graphics, a video, and examples.

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