This book feels like it was written for old baby boomers, people who buy domain names from GoDaddy using Dell computers running McAfee--with an expired subscription. There is no information here that is not totally obvious to anyone who has payed any attention in the past decade; the author talks about the Internet as if it is this brand new thing you've never hear of before. I can imagine that the book could have been better, but the tone and style of the narrator made this extremely irritating. Even the most basic, obvious statements spoken are stressed as if they are deep insights.
Whenever I listen to an audiobook I keep a pad and pen next to me so I can write down any insights or quotes I want to remember. This is the first time I haven't had a single thing to write down. It's also pretty long at 8 hours.
The title of this book and the explanation of the term in the first few minutes is the best part of the book, the rest should be called "The Internet Changed Things". Granted, the book is already several years old, but even in 2006 I think The Long Tail would have been old news.
I loved listening to The Long Tail. It was truly insightful and inspirational; Chris Anderson has shown us a brave new world of economics and business.
The Long Tail provides a solid foundation about how the world of business is changing. Chris Anderson provides real-world examples of the challenges and benefits of adapting a long tail strategy.
If you are a business owner or work in the field of marketing, listening to this book will beneficial.
I enjoy, epic and modern fantasy, science fiction, business, historical mystery, and technology books. Fav. series: Game of Thrones, Vampire Earth, Dresden, Iron Druid, Falco mysteries, Chris Anderson titles, Peaceful Warrior, and the Way of Kings (and more, of course;)
Chris Anderson writes interesting business books that are entertaining and informative. They are easy to follow but not overly basic or simplified - an excellent writing style that is very engaging. His other book "Free" is also very good!
There is one simple but powerful point to this book. The long tail of products, in a statistical distribution, can equal or exceed the area under the curve. This means companies with very low holding and distribution costs, say for example Apple's iTunes, make as much money from the group of out of circulation songs, as they do in selling hits. The 'hits' model is historically all companies could focus on given physical carrying costs. This change vastly expanded the market for niche products, opened up new distribution models (Amazon, eBay, NetFlix, etc.) and changed consumer behavior and demand.
Although I rated with 5 stars this book, one must keep in mind that its main focus is on digital market. Though Amazon is mentioned a number of times, I would like to have heard more about smaller companies and the more traditional merchandise-commerce, through the Internet.
I am a glutton for knowledge, especially regarding knowledge of myself.
One of the most important books you can read explaining the paradigm change currently taking place due to the Internet Economy. The information in this book is something every company can benefit and learn from. It explains how companies like Amazon can do what they do and still turn a profit, and how you can position your company to do the same.
Yes, it deserves revisiting, due to the vast amount of information delivered
It is very good for understanding the economical model behind new companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, and thus rewiring your brain to replicate this kind of success.
It is a good complement for Wikinomics and In the Plex
The errors and abuses we have done applying the Pareto Model and the explanation of the new model (Long Tale)
The possibility technologies opens to minorities, evolving from hit parades to niche markets.
The audio version is convenient to listen to.
Free by Chris Anderson
Clear, concise, and easy to listen to.