July 22, 2009

Staff Picks: Kevin Kelly weighs in on Free

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 8:21 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The brilliant Kevin Kelly, author of Out of Control: The New Biolgy of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World and founder of Cool Tools, offered his take on Chris Anderson's Free: The Future of a Radical Price earlier this week. Somewhat coincidentally, Kevin Kelly is the author of a recent and popular ChangeThis manifesto entitled Better Than Free. And, though that title might suggest a momentous throwing down with Chris Anderson, Gladwell style, maybe even resorting to fisticuffs, it it no such thing. Put simply, he's a fan of Anderson's and the book, writing:
Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired, offers the best utilitarian knowledge about the economics of the free I've seen yet. I believe this book will clear up many misunderstandings about this "radical price" and assist creators (that's us these days) in pricing our offerings in a world of "freeconomics."
To read more of his thoughts on the topic, and an excerpt from the book, head on over to Cool Tools. The conversation in the comments of the post is rather vigorous, and with drastically opposing viewpoints. Disagreement seems to be the natural state surrounding the book, with Malcolm Gladwell penning a New Yorker piece earlier this month that Seth Godin disagreed with (as, unsurprisingly, did Chris Anderson himself). When it comes to this idea and this book, great minds certainly don't think alike. Here are a few opinions:
Alan Webber | Tim Sanders | Mark Cuban | Chris Brogan | Anil Dash
Anderson added to the conversation when he sat down with Charlie Rose last night.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.