Free Book! (Not Ours.) Act Fast!

Tyler Cowen is giving away 15 copies of his new book, with a clever twist: you have to write in to Tyler on his Marginal Revolution blog and explain why you want his book, and why you want it for free.

Hurry! As I type this, Tyler already has 55 comments in one hour.

While he is a generous man, Tyler is also no dummy: sending out all those books to his lucky readers will also surely raise his book’s Amazon ranking. FWIW, here’s an earlier glance at his book.


ithaca99

Hm. Well, I pre-ordered TC's book in hopes that the personalized podcast would give me a way to make game theory and the principal-agent model user-friendly to literary agents who withhold ALL information about editors from a client who'd like to decide which book to finish first. TC's advice: it's in an agent's interest to hoard information, any agent willing to give you this information would have a bad rep in the biz and would not be worth having.

The relationship between agent and client can't be a zero-sum game; a client who maximizes income from writing does not do so at the agent's expense, since the agent typically takes a 15% commission. So I can't see myself getting much benefit from the book. But hey, I'll send MY copy of the book, for free, to the reader who gives me the best answer to the question, which I will restate at paperpools.blogspot.com. (Better odds of winning the book, I take it, than competing on MR (which I normally like).)

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oceathknott

Just discovered a complete list of all marked down products at Amazon, sorted by category
and % off, ranging from 50% off to 90% off (thanks Sonja for the effort).

Actually I never thought Amazon would have articles with 90% off, but only in the category
Electronics there are more than 3000 of them - look for yourself, the list is on
http://bargains-hunter.blogspot.com/2008/02/looking-for-marked-down-prices.html
or on http://digg.com/gadgets/Actually_I_never_thought_Amazon_would_have_articles_with_90
(which is a blog of a woman who specializes in finding good deals at Amazon, like Britain's "Jeanie").

ithaca99

Hm. Well, I pre-ordered TC's book in hopes that the personalized podcast would give me a way to make game theory and the principal-agent model user-friendly to literary agents who withhold ALL information about editors from a client who'd like to decide which book to finish first. TC's advice: it's in an agent's interest to hoard information, any agent willing to give you this information would have a bad rep in the biz and would not be worth having.

The relationship between agent and client can't be a zero-sum game; a client who maximizes income from writing does not do so at the agent's expense, since the agent typically takes a 15% commission. So I can't see myself getting much benefit from the book. But hey, I'll send MY copy of the book, for free, to the reader who gives me the best answer to the question, which I will restate at paperpools.blogspot.com. (Better odds of winning the book, I take it, than competing on MR (which I normally like).)

Read more...

oceathknott

Just discovered a complete list of all marked down products at Amazon, sorted by category
and % off, ranging from 50% off to 90% off (thanks Sonja for the effort).

Actually I never thought Amazon would have articles with 90% off, but only in the category
Electronics there are more than 3000 of them - look for yourself, the list is on
http://bargains-hunter.blogspot.com/2008/02/looking-for-marked-down-prices.html
or on http://digg.com/gadgets/Actually_I_never_thought_Amazon_would_have_articles_with_90
(which is a blog of a woman who specializes in finding good deals at Amazon, like Britain's "Jeanie").