Better than Free

Seth Godin expands on Kevin Kelley’s Better than Free.

Seth’s takeaway: “when there are infinite copies of something, charging for one is almost impossible.” Or in Kevin’s words,

When copies are super abundant, they become worthless.
When copies are super abundant, stuff which can’t be copied becomes scarce and valuable.
When copies are free, you need to sell things which can not be copied.

They both hit the nail right on the head. People trying to figure out how to make open education sustainable would do well to read these articles. If a day or two passes and someone hasn’t translated Kevin’s eight points into education speak I’ll go ahead and do it. But read these pieces NOW.