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.
This book was an absolute waste. What was said in the book could have been said in 3 paragraphs. Basically, it is about niche marketing. So how do you stretch a narrow topic like that over 8 hours?? I am not sticking around to find out..
This is the future and the future is now. The Long Tail puts it all in to perspective for business, small business and especially online business. Forget about the old rules of big hits and dumping inventory that doesn't turn 20 times a quarter. I also love the cultural observations. It's all in this book.
I am absolutely impressed by Chris genius point of view of the future of retailing. The book is nicely structured; the author provides different applications of the theory, which bridged theory and reality.
This book puts to rest the 4 years of marketing I studied in college. BUT, it brings my understanding of effective marketing into the 21st century. A great read, and well-narrarated!
A very interesting audiobook with just one flaw - because it largely draws upon technology and related businesses for its subject matter, it is already slightly dated. This is one of those books that would benefit from an update, not because anything in it is necessarily wrong, but because things in this sphere just move so quickly. For example, MySpace, which is mentioned excitedly in the book, is now a dying website...
I thought I knew a lot about "the long tail". My horizont just got mindblowingly wider. Makes you look at business in a totally new way - even if you are in the offline world.
I downloaded (for free, of course) & listened to FREE: A Radical New Price first & then bought this book. Proof that Chris's point of view on the new pricing model is right on! Long tail has some great insights on the entertainment & artistic businesses.