FREE Rides Controversy to #119 on Amazon

Chris Anderson, author of the business book Free: The Future of a Radical Price, seems to have weathered the plagarism charges we mentioned a few weeks ago, only to receive a smackdown from fellow business writer Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker and a tepid review by Janet Maslin in the New York Times. Yet those reviews have prompted defenses by BusinessWeek and mega-blogger Seth Godin of Anderson’s view that businesses must find new ways to compete in a market where digital technology has made it possible for many products to be offered for free. The Wall St. Journal and USA Today have also weighed in with respectful coverage of Anderson, who is well-known as Wired magazine’s editor-in-chief and the author of The Long Tail.

The fuss is pushing Free to #119 on Amazon – not to mention keeping Anderson busy on his blog, which includes links to free audio and e-book editons. Libraries we checked have reserves of up to 5 to one.

Anderson may have saved his credibility on the plagarism front by promptly admitting to sloppy editing and promising to rewrite the contested passages in future editions of his book. But last week the Chronicle of Higher Education added fuel to the fire with a complaint by Richard A. Muller, a physics professor at the University of California at Berkeley, that his experience wth giving free lectures is misrepresented in Free.  But so far, Anderson doesn’t seem to be too badly singed.

Free: The Future of a Radical Price
Chris Anderson
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Hyperion – (2009-07-07)
ISBN / EAN: 1401322905 / 9781401322908

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