links for 2009-06-30 06.30.09
Review: Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson (The Observer)
Free stuff is spreading because of one fundamental difference between the bricks-and-mortar world (which Anderson calls the world of atoms) and the digital world (which Anderson calls the world of bits). In the world of atoms, each item is expensive to produce and distribute; in the world of bits, it costs close to nothing. This has all sorts of consequences. Pricing models become infinitely variable. Copying costs almost nothing, so piracy mushrooms. People can create stories, songs and movies and distribute them to other people, gratis.
Priced to Sell: Malcolm Gladwell reviews Free by Chris Anderson (The New Yorker)
"Free is just another price, and prices are set by individual actors, in accordance with the aggregated particulars of marketplace power. 'Information wants to be free,' Anderson tells us, 'in the same way that life wants to spread and water wants to run downhill.' But information cant actually want anything, can it?"
(tags: Malcolm.Gladwell Chris.Anderson intellectual.property copyright market capitalism)