The Great Long Tail Giveaway

Early last month, Chris Anderson began giving away 100 copies of his recently published book, “The Long Tail“. I was fortunate enough to get a copy from him and then read and published a review on it.

Now I’m spreading the love. Passing on a little of the cake. Extending the Long Tail. I want to give away my copy of the book to a lucky reader. I’ve deliberated over how best to give away my copy and while I certainly haven’t come up with the best possible way, I did come up with a way.

So, here’s the rules. I love reading, and I love links.

To be entered into the contest for the free copy(including shipping) of Chris Anderson’s “The Long Tail“, all you have to do is write a post on your own site that links back to this post. One lucky winner will get the book. If you don’t own a site(why not?) you can leave a comment on this post.
I have no intentions of doing this very scientifically. I’d rather not have just a bunch of links that do nothing but point to my site. So, in the post that links back to this post, I want you to elaborate on the book or why you want to read the book. You can meander however you want, but the topic must be on the book.

I will select one tenth of the entrants(10%) by how much I like the post that links here. (In the event of lots of comment entries, I will also add 10% of those into the mix as well) From those entries that I select, I will then randomly select one to get the book. As soon as that person is picked, I will email to get an address to send the book to. So, it’s awfully important that I can find your contact information or a contact form on your site.

If you have any questions, there’s a link to a comment form on the left hand side of this page under the eBay banner.

Oh, I should mention the time frame that we are going for here. I’d like to let it drag on through the rest of September but that’s entirely too long so the contest will run from now(time of this posting) until September 12th. That’s two weeks. The winner will be announced on the 14th.

I should also mention that I might just add a post in the mix somewhere with my favorite posts.

UPDATE: As of Sept. 5th, there is only one entrant for the contest. I should note that if this is the case at the end of the contest, it will negate the need for picking favorites and then randomly drawing for the winner. Only 7 more days to go!
UPDATE: 9/12/2006: I’ve extended the contest until the end of the day on the 13th.

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  1. Don’t have a website, but would like to read the book.
    Thanks for the chance at the book. Mike

  2. What?! I’m missing a give away for a book I’ve been wanting to read? Jesus man, why must punish me for not keeping up on my blog reading! Well I’ll show you! I’ll throw up a post and totally go in for this if its permitted.


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