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The Long Tail

A public diary on themes around my books

Updated: 2009-12-11T23:50:29-08:00




This blog is on hiatus, but you can follow me on Twitter and at DIY Drones, where I’m posting daily. I’ll use this blog for occasional longer pieces that don’t fit either of those two other spots.

The Long Tail of Travel


For a recent speech to a travel company, we pulled together some data on the changing shape of travel due to low-cost carriers, online travel information and social-media driven word of mouth taking tourists beyond the usual top destinations. As...

Is this how the singularity happens?


This was one of those freaky moments when the future sneaks up and smacks you. I was on a plane earlier this week and took a break from work to watch the movie while they served dinner. It was Terminator...

Netflix data shows shifting demand down the Long Tail


A team at Wharton did some Long Tail analysis on the Netflix ratings data the company released for its Netflix Prize. Although I don’t agree with many of the conclusions in their paper (like some other academics, they got confused...

A New York Times Bestseller!


If you checked out today’s New York Times Book Review section, you’ll see that FREE made the list in its first week of eligibility. It’s #12, tied for #11 (that’s what that little asterisk means). We expect it to dip...

FREE on the Kindle (free); get it while it lasts!


You can get FREE free on the Kindle (and Kindle iPhone app if you don’t have a Kindle) now. It’s been up for a few days and the free offer will end on Wed, Jul 22nd, so get it now....

FREE audiobook on iTunes (free, natch)


The free audiobook of FREE is now on iTunes, with some very nice front page promotion. Podcast serialized version coming up soon. For those outside the US, you can stream or download the MP3s at The Kindle version should...

The priceless rollout continues: Google Books


FREE is now available for free on Google Books, too. Like Scribd, this one is a web-based screen reading experience, but it has the added advantage of a live Table of Contents (see above), so you can easily get from...

FREE for free: first ebook and audiobook versions released


FREE (full book) by Chris Anderson We’re going to be rolling out the free digital forms of FREE over the next two weeks. First up: the Scribd form, right here on the blog (and anywhere else you want—it’s embeddable). This... FREE (full book) by Chris Anderson We’re going to be rolling out the free digital forms of FREE over the next two weeks. First up: the Scribd form, right here on the blog (and anywhere else you want—it’s embeddable). This is the whole book! (click “full screen” for a better reading experience). Also released today: the free unabridged audiobook. You can either download the whole things as zipped MP3 files, or play them on the microsite.   You can also get the audiobook from in two forms 1) Unabridged (six hours; free) 2) Abridged (three hours; $7.49) Why is the whole book free in audio form, but half the book is $7.49? Because, as the listing explains,“Get the point in half the time! In this abridged edition, the author handpicked the most important and engaging chapters and points, cutting three hours from the length without losing key concepts. Time is money!” Over the next week or so, we’ll be releasing other versions, including iTunes podcast and download, Kindle, Google Books and more. All free, for varying lengths of time (from a week to forever). I’ll be tracking the stats for everything and sharing the results of these experiments here over the next month. [...]

Making a physical book free, too


FREE will be released in the US this week (July 7th in hardcover; July 9th in ebooks) and I’ll be updating this blog with the various ways you can get it for free as they come online. But in the...