Would you pay to participate?

February 11th, 2010

Just earlier this afternoon I was talking to some great guys from Otago University around content and monetisation.

My position (clearly) has been around freemium, providing a basic or standard edition for free then you pay for the delivery of that in a premium format (ie audiobook, physical copy, pdf etc). That’s exactly what I did with The Best Ideas are Free.

The question put back to me was – would you pay to participate?

I think I would to be honest – if you asked me to contribute a chapter or even a paragraph to a book I probably would (Update this doesn’t help with my point please ignore)..

Do you think you guys could help me out? Would you pay to contribute participate in the creation of my next book (or more importantly any other book?) (hey it’s not finished yet so you could easily) if so what would you pay?

Update: I just need to clarify I’m focusing on participation, not guaranteed inclusion so you might pay to go through the creative process, or research or key points or brainstorming – become part of the experience.  Writing a chapter was just an example.

Just curious.  Answer the poll below… I’ll share the results and if you vote, leave your name in the comments I’ll randomly pick someone to send a copy of The Best Ideas are Free (open worldwide).

If you could please retweet, email to your friends or post to Facebook that would be great – I am more intrigued/curious at this stage than actually serious about implementing.

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5 Responses to “Would you pay to participate?”

  1. Mathew Sanders Says:

    I hope I get randomly picked!

  2. Rus Holland Says:

    Sorry Mathew just halved your chances… 😉

  3. Ben Young Says:

    Just an update guys – this is largely theoretical and I’m interested in all your feedback so please pass it on 🙂

    Would this end up an informercial?
    I suspect not as an author doesn’t want to deliver a book that dilutes their message. However for those that don’t care it could…however who is going to read.

    The question is more around, would you pay to remix, contribute, participate with your favourite artist? It crosses borders into Music, Videos, Writing… any artist expression I’d imagine.

  4. Jen Says:

    My partner is in the entertainment industry and often works for bands for free which requires him to turn down paid work – effectively paying for the priviledge of helping out musicians in the hope it will get them one step closer to their dream.

    Not sure about my own views – especially if it was a commercial endeavour – I could perhaps be convinced! 🙂

  5. Rich Says:

    Definitely – It’s free exposure! and a great way to position yourself as an expert; investing time rather than cash to promote yourself.

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