Literature is now joining music, art, software, and various types of expertise on the web. It's becoming free. As in "no cost".
I have been proclaiming a Universal Content Utopia: any content, any time, any place, any format, any frequency, any amount, for anybody.
That's what is already here. Now. And it's skyrocketing. I can't remember the last time I paid for software, musical instruments, recording equipment, or hardcore, authoritative consulting.
I recently needed how to tips on PR, getting free publicity from the, yes, the MSM (main/morbid stream media). I got basically all the advice I needed at Publicity Hound. FREE.
My blogs (Blogger, WordPress, Blog-City, Opera Community) and wikis (JotSpot and PB Wiki) are FREE.
My audio editor (Audacity) is FREE.
My podcast studio (Odeo) is FREE.
My video hosting and player embeds (YouTube) are FREE.
My RSS/Atom feed reader (Awasu) is FREE.
I'm thinking about downloading Open Office soon, which is, of course, FREE. (My boss highly recommends it.)
I pay for broadband, toner, printer paper, some books. Not much else. It all fits in with my Zero Budget Marketing strategy, which, BTW, works great.
This is basically what the web and blog revolution are all about, among some other issues. Beyond communism. Beyond anarchy. A paradise of mostly free information, free help, free advice, free samples, free tutorials, free blogs, free wikis, free mp3s, free ebooks.
Have you stopped to notice that The Long Tail is not entirely correct. It's not necessarily about "selling less to more", it's also, probably even more so, about "giving it free to everyone".
Project Gutenberg, for example, offers over 20,000 books for FREE.
According to the Feb./March 2007 issue of Book Forum (the online version does not include this content, it's only found in the print version):
"Great Awakening" by Nicole Lanctot
With the recent launch of Google Book Search and the ever-expanding electronic library of Project Gutenberg, canonical texts are becoming increasingly accessible -- and free -- to the public.
Want to read your favorite philosophers, mystics, and authors for free? Just do a Google search on "[author's name] online" and see what you come up with.
FREE text sites include some of my favorite authors:
(1) Derrida Online
(2) Bram Stoker's Dracula
(3) Christian Classics Ethereal Library
(4) Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
(5) Jacques Lacan
(6) Jonathan Edwards
(7) William Blake
(8) Charles Darwin
(9) Ralph Waldo Emerson
(10) Marcel Proust
(11) The Dhammapada
More ebooks at University of Adelaide.
So......what do you SELL when everything's FREE?
Ah, I thought you'd never ask.
Stay tuned, friends.
Your pal, Vaspers.
Above: Vaspers desktop crazed and jazzed by blur-o-matics.
Below: TECHNORATI Unplugged.
Here is the Technorati BRB (be right back) sign. They're down for scheduled maintenance. Ever see that before?