What's funny about this thread is that the book _is_ free. hyperionbooks.com/free -- free audio version right there. I just downloaded the whole thing and listened to the Introduction. Even though it says "abridged" it was the same as the print version. And inside the book it says that on the release day of the book, that an electronic version of the book _will_ be available for free.
"Ideas want to be Free"??... Does Gasoline "want to be free" as well? How bout clothing? Surely it desires to be free..... Why don't we all just go take both? Humans desire that these things be free but the brick wall of reality dictates that they are not and if you drive off without paying for filling up you get punished. This is just justification for the usual suspects (musicians, artists, writers) getting screwed by the man (or everyman in this case). It is indeed ironic that this printed book isn't free... I'm positive it wants to be.
I take it most posters here have not read the book. The central question of the book is essentially how are people able to make lots of money charging nothing? It then goes into quite a practical explanation of just how that happens. It does not suggest that the price of everything will drop to zero.
Once Amazon allows customer reviews I'll post more, until then you can see a through review at: