Here are the materials and additional resources mentioned in the September 28 Quest lecture:
Long Tail Businesses:
Google – Search and advertising
Amazon – Books and other goods
Netflix – Movies and TV shows
iTunes – Music, movies and TV shows
eBay – Niche and one-off items
Etsy – Niche and craft items
Pandora – Music
Kickstarter – Capital
iOgrapher – Photography case for the iPad
Glif – iPhone stand and tripod mount
Pebble – ePaper Watch for iPhone and Android
Long Tail Examples:
Timbuk2 – Custom messenger and laptop bags
Flitetest – R/C aircraft reviews, models and equipment
Print, Image, Sound, Video and Film Archives:
Archive.org – a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. Try the 78 RPM and Cylinder Recordings or the George Blood digitized collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art or NASA as a starting point. The Library of Congress Columbian Exposition of 1893 is a good collaborative example between Archive.org and the Library of Congress. The Ephemeral Films are also interesting.
Library of Congress – Astonishing collections covering many aspects of American life and history. Start with the Digital Collections — curated samples of the Library’s holdings. The Collections with Audio are also interesting.
The Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers University – Five Million pages of documents that chronicle the life of the inventor through a series of interactive publications.
American Radio History – This archive reaches back into the dawn of the 20th century and houses dozens of digitized and searchable magazines and publications covering the Broadcast Radio and Television industry as well as amateur radio, hobbyist electronics and computing. Magazines like Byte and Popular Electronics are available here.