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Ken Houghton

(1) The layout needs to be clearer (no space between the Author's Name and the "at" for several people).

(2) I find it difficult to believe that there are no readings this coming Saturday in the entire NYC area.

Looks as if it will be useful.

TonyLeachSF

Chris -

Not sure if you've seen the continued problems with ads on your site... http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2007/07/mileage_software

I get an ad for some olympus camera that floats and covers the screen - and the close button pops up a new screen, not closing the ad. I can't read the article!

Just thought you might like to know...

Tony

Mark Harrison

I'd like to sign up (I'm an author), but I live in the United Kingdom (England), so don't have a US Zip Code.

I'm definitely at the long end of the long tail of authors, but we do have authors over here who are in the head, let alone the "fatter end of the long tail".

Paul Soldera

Chris, love the site, as an avid book reader will definitely use something like this. I just ask for one change, in the list of authors after doing a search, please include a description of what they will be talking about or a small blurb on who they are. Don't want to keep clicking on every name to find out. Apologies if I'm being dumb and missing something.

Chris Anderson

Tony:

Thanks for the head's up. We pulled that ad.

Ken and Paul:

Thanks for the good suggestions. I've passed them on to Adam.

James Taylor

Very cool idea - hopefully I will show up on it eventually!

Stephen Fraser

Nifty! Is it rude to ask a bit more about your development process? Did you contract it out to a Ruby on Rails shop, hire a developer yourself, or are Kevin and Adam coders? This is a terrific elaboration on the original virtual book tour idea.

Kat Black

Coolio! OK, so I fibbed and gave a friend's zip code in the NYC since I'm based in Perth, Australia. I have done author appearances in the US though, and at least 90% of my readership is there, so I figured a little fib would be forgiveable :)

Speaking of authorship, I'd love to get a signed copy of the Long Tail to give as a prize at the Byte Me! Digital Content Festival I'm running in December, since it was largely inspired by the Long Tail. How about it, Chris? You're welcome to come over and be a Guest Speaker if you like - we have no budget, but we have lots of sunshine and very nice beaches!

best, kat =^..^=

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I'd love to get a signed copy of the Long Tail to give as a prize at the Byte Me! Digital Content Festival I'm running in December, since it was largely inspired by the Long Tail. How about it, Chris?

sakthi

Chris site looks simple and neat. I browsed the sub pages, when I tried to go to homepage from sub-page I found that there is no 'home' link then I found that we need to click BookTour title to go to homepage.It'll be easier if you provide the 'home' link in every sub-page....
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Scott

Is there an error on page 165, as the increase of commercial time is up over 77%, not "nearly 50 percent", as stated?

patricia

What an interesting idea.

Sian Simon

Hi Chris,

As a potential user, I would like to be able to simply search by ZIP code without having to register. For some reason the site thinks I am Chicago, when I am in Virginia and my ISP is in Arizona. When I clicked on "change it" on the main page, I was presented with form to fill out. I think the site should show you the info about appearances without having to register and then require registration if something whets your appetite. I'm sure this will also generate more interest on behalf of your authors.

Regarding the form - I'm not prepared to give up some personal information to a new site without knowing if it will benefit me - even though it is one of yours. And I'm certainly wary about giving information to a site with a data entry form that isn't secured with https!

Hope this helps!
Sian

PS - I emailed you directly on another topic tonight - hope we can talk about that....

Dennis Decoene

Booktour.com is a company and in the end company's should be profitable. I am the first to admit I don't understand much about all the new business models and stuff. So please, can anyone explain to me the business model of Booktour.com? How is the company going to generate income? I'm puzzled but intrigued.

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Árni Halldórsson

Hi Chris,

Why limit your scope to books alone? What about the (long tail?) of articles published in academic journals (that may or may not sink without trace, cf. here: http://interorganisational.org/2007/08/02/is-that-bloody-mary-lacking-a-tabasco/)

Academics are often asked by companies to give a key-note speach at business seminars, to provide provocative session or simply to address a particular topic at a breakfast meeting for employees, customers and suppliers. Currently, companies must contact academics individually, usually from a local university not knowing that there may be other speakers of interest in that city at a particular date. This may indeed also work the other way around.

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Mike Thatcher

I don't know if you have seen this,
http://blogs.smh.com.au/entertainment/archives/undercover/014948.html?page=fullpage#comments

and I noticed this article as well

http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/009263.html

If this is the way some bookstores are going to do business in Australia, there may not be any where for Book tour to send us.

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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.

Order the hardcover now!