"A smart, timely and oddly inspiring book" (Time Out)
"Snappily argued and thought-provoking" (New Yorker)
From the Publisher
From the Inside Flap
In this ground-breaking book, Chris Anderson shows that the future of business does not lie in hits the high-volume end of a traditional demand curve but in what used to be regarded as misses the endlessly long tail of that same curve. As our world is transformed by the Internet and the near infinite choice it offers consumers, so traditional business models are being overturned and new truths revealed about what consumers want and how they want to get it. The world of books has been transformed by Amazon; the record business has been transformed by iTunes and Rhapsody; a similar transformation is coming to just about every industry imaginable. Wherever you look, modest sellers, niche products and quirky titles are becoming an immensely powerful cumulative force.
Chris Anderson first explored the Long Tail in an article in Wired magazine that has become one of the most influential business essays of our time. Now, in this eagerly anticipated book, he takes a closer look at the new economics of the Internet age, showing where business is going and exploring the huge opportunities that exist: for new producers, new e-tailers, and new tastemakers. He demonstrates how long tail economics apply to industries ranging from the toy business to advertising to kitchen appliances. He sets down the rules for operating in a long tail economy. And he provides a glimpse of a future thats already here. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
With his brilliant theory of the Long Tail - a powerful new economic force in a world where the internet allows access to almost unlimited choice - Chris Anderson has identified an important truth about our economy and culture: that the future does not lie in hits - the high-volume end of a traditional demand curve - but in what used to be regarded as misses - the curve's endlessly long tail.
In this updated edition, which includes a new chapter on the long tail of marketing, he examines how niche interests, which make up the millions of misses, have come together in a global network, stimulating innovation on an unprecedented scale. The result, he argues, is a cultural richness in which enthusiasms previously dismissed as 'minority' thrive and everybody everywhere can find something to their taste.