The Pareto Principle and the True Cunning of HarperCollins

The Pareto Principle and the True Cunning of HarperCollins
So here's the cunning. By focusing on popularity-driven revenue mechanisms, HarperCollins is pushing money towards the smash hits and away from the long tail. Libraries may be adversely affected, but they're collateral damage. It's the long tail publishers that HarperCollins is trying to destroy.


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I read this twice and it made no sense either time. I understand the 80/20 rule but don't understand how the writer is trying to make a connection between what HC is doing and some attempt to kill the long tail.

Author seems to be implying some grand conspiracy. I think if we applied occam's razor this conspiracy theory would not stand up.

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