Here’s the latest in my occasional lament: so many books, so little time. I simply blog about books that sound important, that I wish I had time to read… Will this move up in my “must read” list? Time will tell. First, here’s what Chris Anderson (The Long Tail, Wired) says about this one: “An… Read More The Master Switch By Tim Wu — So Many Books, So Little Time
For book lovers, here is a list of a different kind: The Best Magazine Articles Ever. Andrew Sullivan linked to it on his blog. Here is the article, up to the list of the top seven. The article lists many others, by decade. Admittedly it is, as all lists, subjective. Kevin Kelly posted it on… Read More The Best Magazine Articles Ever (from CoolTools)
One of the clearest examples of the long tail in the book The Long Tail is the story of Bollywood movie theaters in the United States. There are only a handful of places where fans of such movies live in such close proximity to one theater that they can sustain such a theater at a… Read More So Much to Know — TMI to Learn
Atoms are the New Bits — The Next New, New Insight from Chris Anderson Bob Morris told me about this a few days ago. (I don’t know how I had missed it. Thanks, Bob). Chris Anderson is at it again, explaining the way the world is changing. Anderson introduced us to The Long Tail, and… Read More Chris Anderson: Atoms are the New Bits
News item: we now know that Al Franken used the wisdom gleaned from Chris Anderson’s idea about the Long Tail to win his election. The Long Tail, the idea championed by Chris Anderson, and Microtrends, the book by Mark Penn, converge in this story. And you can throw a little Seth Godin and Tribes into… Read More The Long Tail at Work — Al Franken’s win, a brief case study
Here’s my approach. First, I think we should let the words of an author speak for themselves. When I present a book synopsis, it is my job to say, as clearly as possible, “this is that the author is saying.” And then, and only then, do I have the task of wrestling with, arguing with,… Read More Chris Anderson’s “Free” — Now that I’ve presented it, a partial verdict, with some key excerpts
You’ve heard the controversy about the new book by Chris Anderson (author of The Long Tail), Free: The Future of a Radical Price. A lot of people have weighed in. (See my earlier post). Add to the list of critics Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban He blogged about it here and here and a few… Read More At this moment, Free is either Free, or Full Price — take your pick (a short post)
My favorite book of the last few years is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. (and I also enjoyed Blink and his first, The Tipping Point). One of my favorite blogs is Seth Godin’s blog. I very much liked The Long Tail by Chris Anderson, and already have scheduled “Free” by Chris Anderson in the fall for the… Read More Game On: Handicap Match — Gladwell vs. Godin and Anderson
So, I’m sitting in front of my television set. “Nothing” is on, and I simply spend some time “surfing” in hopes of finding something that will grab my interest. I don’t do this often, but to unwind, I do it occasionally. I much prefer my “appointment” television — you know, when I want to watch… Read More Build Your Own Strategic Reading Plan — or, How Should You Pick Which Business Book(s) to Read?
In this series, Bob Morris poses a key question and then responds to it with material from one or more of the business books he has reviewed for Amazon and Borders. That is the subject of an article Chris Anderson published in the October 2004 issue of Wired magazine, in which he shared these observations:… Read More Q #148: What is the “Long Tail” strategy?