Content may be free, but the format in which we buy it certainly is not. As Apple, Google, Red Hat, and others increasingly demonstrate, consumers and enterprises are happy to pay for "free" when packaged in convenient formats that add value to digital goods.
Over the years, I've paid Morrissey several times for his Bono Drag album: cassette, CD (twice), iTunes, concerts. I'm reading Moby Dick (again), and have bought it in hardback and paperback, not to mention Kindle, formats. The Economist? I pay for the right to read it in magazine format, because I hate … Read more