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The Long Tail Has Room for Bestsellers

anderson-byrne.jpgLast night’s launch party for Chris Anderson (near right) and The Long Tail packed the bar at the Tribeca Cinemas; while David Byrne hovered in the background, I spotted Elizabeth Spiers chatting at the bar with Nick Denton, and later on I got to say hello to Lockhart Steele (and Fishbowl’s Dylan spotted more faces in the crowd). I also recognized literary agent John Brockman by his distinctive white hat (see for yourself at my Flickr page) and asked him what excited him the most about Anderson’s theory the first time he saw it. “It makes you rethink everything,” Brockman said, and we talked a bit about how this was especially true in the book business, focusing on Brockman’s role as a representative of serious nonfiction with a scientific focus.

I did eventually get a chance to say hello to Anderson and chat about the book’s immediate success, which further proves, as he’d been saying in relation to Dead Man’s Chest, that hits aren’t dead yet. I wasn’t so lucky, though, at shaking loose details about Condé Nast’s acquisition of Wired News earlier this week. And then I had to take off before he began his presentation, but since I’d caught his BookExpo speech, I felt a little better about skipping out to the next book party…

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