“The Long Tail: Why The Future of Business Is Selling Less of More”

Right before Christmas break, I finished reading Chris Anderson‘s book The Long Tail: Why The Future of Business Is Selling Less of More.  I’d heard about this book from various sources, such as my WiredMagazine subscription, and through related web-searches regarding concepts of non-gaussian distributions from Nassin Nicholas Taleb’s Fooled By Randomness and Benoît Mandelbrot’s The Mis-Behavior of Markets such as power-law distributions.  Suffice to say, this book held up to my expectations, and is still challenging the way I think.

The Long Tail is about how information technologies are transforming many markets, and about the true shape and character of market these technologies reveal.

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“Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets”

I somewhat recently read “Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets“, by Nassin Nicholas Taleb.  I heard of the author somewhere awhile ago.  That, combined with my fractals / randomness kick, and recent news about housing markets and stocks diving, it seemed like an appropriate choice.

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