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July 11, 2006


Om Malik

yes indeed it is a great day - good luck chris. i know the magic is going to begin now.

Paul McEnany

Wow, good news for everybody. Congratulations!

David McDonald

This is fantastic news, congratulations Chris.

Wired magazine is in the only mag I read cover to cover each month, and it has been somewhat noticeable to me recently that the Wired website is not even in the same league as the magazine.

Not any more. I look forward to seeing a new convergence between the magazine and the website, and all the innovation that this may bring.


I'm really looking forward to seeing what you do with the site. Any hints on editorial strategy?

Davy Sims

Congratulations. I suppose I should have known that the two were seperate (having been a reader of Wired since there was a UK edition (that goes bck a while) but never realised.

I have felt for the last few years that the wired Wired has been losing pace against newer (usually socially navigated) sites - but it's still a daily read for me.

PS Just waiting for Long Tail to drop through my letterbox in the next few hours.

Richard Yan

Hello form Beijing,China.I love your book and want to translate into chinese and publish in China.Will you tell me who handle the translation rights of your title?Publisher?or other agent?

Best Wishes


Barry Ritholtz

please please please start putting up infoporn ASAP!

Leila Boujnane

Congrats Chris, this is wonderful news!

Stephen Downes

Congratulations. All you need is the Wired Threads back and you'll have the complete set.

Those of us from the old Media Rant board would be happy to see that.

John Furrier

The Long Tail paradigm will go down in history as one of the greatest media "game changers" since the broadcast television. Great work Chris and team of researchers.

Congrats on the unification of the Wired brand!

Bernie Goldbach

Great news for us readers with a major addiction to the real Wired.

Kathleen McKenzie

Ooooo...I'm all tingly from all the love and respect.


I suppose I should have known that the two were seperate (having been a reader of Wired since there was a UK edition (that goes bck a while) but never realised.


HI Chris!

I love your book! I have recommended it to some of my friends but not all of them can read English! I hoped you had it translated in a few other languages including Russian but as I can see not yet. I would be delighted to translate it into Russian for you! :)



I noticed from your comments you have a day job at Wired, so I have posted a letter that I have been trying to get through to the staff. I know most letters are just tossed, and if you toss this one, I understand. But I am at a loss as to how to get this one opinion out of the millions and to them.

Dear Editor(s) at Wired Magazine,

Ladies and gentlemen, I wish to cancel my subscription to your publication(s). Your recent issue of Wired Magazine was bundled with a free copy of Geekipedia: a supplement to Wired. The cover reads "149 People, places, ideas, and trends you need to know now." I subscribed to your magazine as a result of a college kid selling them for side money. I had read your magazine briefly in airports before and decided I could kill two birds with one stone by helping a student's future and getting what seemed to be a technically focused publication. I was happy with the prior two magazines, one featured Martha Stewart on the cover, and the other Halo 3.
However, I was not aware of your organizations radical and repugnant ethos and political stances; and was hard pressed to find any documentation after searching in reaction to pg 22 of Geekipedia. On page 22 of Geekipedia you blatantly compare fans of the book series Left Behind to al Qaeda. In your views both groups share a common bond of being "traumatized by breakneck social, political, and technical change," and that each "dwell in a faith-based dreamworld where ancient divine revelation is the only real source of news." I am a degreed I.T. professional, and no one who knows me or who has worked with me, or who has had so much as a ten minute conversation with me would say I am either traumatized by social changes for the common good or that I live in a dreamworld. If your organization does not hold my views on faith and social issues I couldn’t care less. Until, that is, you insult me in a publication bundled with a magazine I pay for. Comparing the readers of a work of fiction based on the Holy Bible, the most published book in all history written for the express purpose of communicating love to the world, to a murderous band of terrorists and despots, whose only fame is because of their wanton lack of sanity and unquenchable bloodlust, is deplorable.

Excerpt from Page 22 “ Big-Idea apocalyptics promote either the Rapture, where everybody else disappears – thus obviating the need to think about tomorrow – or jihadist martyrdom, where they themselves disappear and take as many unbelievers as possible with them. Major proponents: Left Behind fans, al Qaeda.”

The only way you could win me back as a customer and promoter (as I have been touting the merits of subscription to other technical personnel I encounter) is to print a full and complete retraction in the front of the magazine where it is certain to be seen and read as well as on the website(s) you publish, not solely in the tiny mice-type corrections section that you hope we just don’t notice. Barring this unlikeliest of events, consider my subscription terminated, and this my appeal for my pre-paid monies to be returned in good-faith. After all I wouldn’t buy a magazine from a proclaimed Christian-hating group who actually came out and said so, unlike your organization that simply makes apparently sardonic jokes about people who read faith-based fiction.

P.S. for each continued issue you send, without a printed apology, you will receive back a shredded issue in a recyclable envelope.

In Ernest,


Well,JackNtheBox, who wound you up? I guess there is more than one way to cancel a subscription. :)

marina penalva

Hi Chris,

I am very interested in publishing your book FREE in Catalan language, but have had difficulties finding out who handles translation rights for you. Could you direct me to the right person? We are the second largest publishers in Catalan language.

best wishes,

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The Long Tail by Chris Anderson

Notes and sources for the book

FREE was available in all digital forms--ebook, web book, and audiobook--for free shortly after the hardcover was published on July 7th. The ebook and web book were free for a limited time and limited to certain geographic regions as determined by each national publisher; the unabridged MP3 audiobook (get zip file here) will remain free forever, available in all regions.

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