Chris Anderson’s new book is causing a storm and firing up conversations amongst the internet gurus. You can read it here — for free — and decide for yourself. This version should include notes / references that were missing from the printend copy and prompted some critques on plagiarism. I intend to check it out myself, then buy it if I like it. It’s awesome to be able to access it freely (in its entirety), but I already find it hard to read long documents on my laptop, much less a 288 pages. I wouldn’t mind paying for it in exchange of preventing me from experiencing more RSI symptoms. However, I might have to wait a bit longer as supposedly, the first print doesn’t contain all the notes and references.
What I’m hoping to uncover in all these conversations is the fact that this whole debate is not entirely about economics but an ecosystem in need of rethinking – where content, resources, value and soical benefits co-exist and collide.
Here are some of the discussions and reviews on the book and the questions of whether free is indeed the future. I got the longer list from squidoo where you can the RSS feed to keep yourself in the loop. The other sources (1st part) are from ReadWriteWeb.
The original New Yorker article: Malcolm Gladwell reviews Free by Chris Anderson: Books: The New Yorker
Seth Godin posted that Malcom was wrong.
Mike Masnick’s post on Techdirt
Fred Wilson elaborates on Frremium and Freeconomics
Mark Cuban posits that if you succeed by free, you die by free.
Brad Feld took a step back and asked: would you want it if it were free?
Free – The Effect of Reference Price « Iterative Path
Seth Godin Vs. Malcolm Gladwell on Chris Anderson’s Book, Free – BusinessWeek
Malcolm Gladwell « New High Score
Gladwell, Anderson and Godin: All wrong for the typical writer | booksahead.com
Godin vs Gladwell vs Anderson on the Price of Free « Managing Greatness
Tech Is Too Cheap to Meter: It’s Time to Manage for Abundance, Not Scarcity
Free – is not a business model « Start Up Blog
The Online Investing AI Blog » Seth Godin: The Future Is Here. Deal With It.
The FREE Debate in Web Analytics
werner.com.ar: information wants to be free
FT.com | John Gapper’s Business Blog | An interactive review of Free by Chris Anderson
RAZOR BRANDING BLOG: To be Free or To be Premium – That is the Question
EyeView’s Blog: Chris Anderson, Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin And Me