The Long Tail from SmarterComics

The Long Tail from SmarterComics

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by Chris Anderson, shane Clester
     
 

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Based on the The NY Times bestseller and Winner of the Gerald Loeb Award (Best Business Book of the Year), The Long Tail from SmarterComics is the Graphic version of the most important business book since The Tipping Point. Anderson shows how the future of commerce and culture isn't in the high-volume head of a traditional demand curve, but in what used to be

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Based on the The NY Times bestseller and Winner of the Gerald Loeb Award (Best Business Book of the Year), The Long Tail from SmarterComics is the Graphic version of the most important business book since The Tipping Point. Anderson shows how the future of commerce and culture isn't in the high-volume head of a traditional demand curve, but in what used to be regarded as misses—the endlessly long tail of that same curve.

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Publishers Weekly
An informative comic adaptation of Wired editor-in-chief Anderson's bestselling book on how technological innovation has allowed niche audiences to become more profitable for businesses to sell to. Illustrated in b&w by Clester, the book's visuals help the reader to immediately understand Anderson's arguments. Beginning with an examination of how, up until recently, media producers focused only on creating profitable "hits," Anderson explains how the Internet and digital technology have changed the dynamics of markets and consumers, with the Web making a staggering number of choices available to consumers while allowing smaller market producers of goods to reach new audiences. Although the book offers little in the way of advice or step-by-step guides, it is useful in encouraging readers to visualize Anderson's by-now gospel observations. However, it's not entirely clear how many readers are really interested in learning about Anderson's arguments by having them presented in an abridged comics version. While not as exhaustive as the prose edition, this adaptation is a clear introduction to the many topics Anderson explores. (Apr.)
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"An informative comic adaptation of Wired editor-in-chief Anderson's bestselling book on how technological innovation has allowed niche audiences to become more profitable for businesses to sell to. Illustrated in b&w by Clester, the book's visuals help the reader to immediately understand Anderson's arguments. Beginning with an examination of how, up until recently, media producers focused only on creating profitable "hits," Anderson explains how the Internet and digital technology have changed the dynamics of markets and consumers, with the Web making a staggering number of choices available to consumers while allowing smaller market producers of goods to reach new audiences. Although the book offers little in the way of advice or step-by-step guides, it is useful in encouraging readers to visualize Anderson's by-now gospel observations. However, it's not entirely clear how many readers are really interested in learning about Anderson's arguments by having them presented in an abridged comics version. While not as exhaustive as the prose edition, this adaptation is a clear introduction to the many topics Anderson explores." — Publisher's Weekly

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ISBN-13:
9781610660068
Publisher:
Writers Of The Round Table Press
Publication date:
04/16/2011
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The Internet has changed everything from communications to business dealings. No longer do college students "call Mom," instead they email her. Likewise, from publishing to the music industry, how products are marketed and sold has changed and if you want to succeed in the Internet Age, your business model must adjust accordingly. Based on the NY Times bestseller The Long Tail, this newest version, presented in graphic novel form, explains just what "The Long Tail" is and how you can benefit from it. Back in the 70s where everything from television shows, books, music , video games, etc. were the domain of a few big companies that controlled what the consumer purchased via limited offerings, today the tables have been turned. With the ease at which a person with a home computer can become a self-published author, or a music-loving teen can create her own CD, the small, one or two person niche suppliers have wiggled their way into the marketplace. As a result, the economy is moving away from one of a few big "hits" (whether that means movies or t-shirts) to one of many small niche markets. As the marketplace shifts, new problems arise and the author addresses these. Perhaps the biggest challenge is how to control quality of all the niche products. Sure, anybody can be a self-published author, but how does the consumer know that the product (a self-published book in this case) is up to par with what a traditional publisher would print? The reader will learn about "the wisdom of the crowd," filters, post-filters, what the 80/20 rule is and how it works (or doesn't work), what happens when consumers have too much choice, if money will flow into all those niche markets, and the author's nine rules of successful long tail aggregators. While many readers may not wish to dedicate long hours to reading a traditional business book, I found this new graphic novel, at just 50 pages, quick and enjoyable to read. The information was presented in a very understandable format and caters well to those who have grown up in the Internet age and may not wish to sit down with a long text. The illustrations helped drive various key points home, such as the use of a long-tailed brontosaurus to represent "the long tail." Quill says: If you'd like to understand how today's marketplace is changing, The Long Tail is the book you need to be reading.