On Chris Anderson’s “Free”

FreeI plan on reading Wired editor Chris Anderson’s book Free: The Future of a Radical Price. I greatly admire the man’s magazine, and I’ve heard from enough reviews that the book, taken with a grain of salt, contains some noteworthy ideas. As Galleycat has noted, his free-for-a-month version on Scribd has been viewed 17K times so far, though you have to read the text on your computer monitor: no pdf or epub download for your preferred reading device. Also, the reader is flash-based, so you can’t read it on your iPhone’s browser either. It’s like a library that gives away books for free, only you can’t take them out of the building!

Anderson notes in the comments (if that is him) that the audiobook version is free, without restriction, in perpetuity, and that ebook reader versions are coming soon. So… why couldn’t Hyperion roll out all versions simultaneously? I really hope there’s a justification for the staggered releases beyond organizational incompetence.

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