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What happens when advances in technology allow many things to be produced for more or less thing? And what happens when those things are then made available to the consumer for free? In his groundbreaking new book, The Long Tail author Chris Anderson considers a brave new world where the old economic certainties are being undermined by a growing flood of free goods - newspapers, DVDs, T-shirts, phones, even holiday flights. He explains why this has become possible - why new techlogies, particularly the Internet, have caused production and distribution costs in many sectors to plummet to an extent unthinkable even a decade ago. He shows how the flexibility provided by the online world allows producers to trade ever more creatively, offering items for free to make real or perceived gains elsewhere. He pinpoints the winners and the losers in the Free universe. And he demonstrates the ways in which, as an increasing number of things become available for free, our decisions to make use of them will be determined by two resources far more valuable than money: the popular reputation of what is on offer and the time we have available for it. In the future, he argues, when we talk of the 'money ecomy' we will talk of the 'reputation ecomy' and the 'time ecomy' in the same breath, and our world will never be the same again.

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Author(s) Chris Anderson
Publisher Cornerstone
Date of Publication 06/05/2010
Language English
Format Paperback
ISBN-10 190521149X
ISBN-13 9781905211494
Subject Economics: Professional & General

Publication Data
Place of Publication London
Country of Publication United Kingdom
Imprint Random House Books
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Weight 212 g
Width 129 mm
Height 198 mm
Spine 18 mm

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Format Details B-format paperback

Author Biography Chris Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, a position he took in 2001. Since then he has led the magazine to nine National Magazine Award nominations, winning the top prize for General Excellence in 2005, 2007 and 2009. AdAge magazine named him Editor of the Year in 2005. Previously he was at The Economist, and Nature and Science magazines. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed The Long Tail, which was shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2006 and won the Loeb Award for best business book in 2007. He lives in Northern California with his wife and five children.

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