Win a free copy of Tribes by Seth Godin

by Jason Preston on October 20, 2008

Several months ago I pre-ordered Seth Godin‘s book Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Last week, slightly before the book actually hit the shelves, I, along with probably hundreds of others, received an advance copy of the book from Seth.

It came with a note from the author thanking me for pre-ordering the book, and encouraging me to share the one I’d previously ordered when it arrived.

I think that’s a great idea.

Tribes is a book about how to become a leader when the internet makes it easy for people to form “tribes.” The publishing industry is desperately in need of leaders.

Tell me why you want a free copy of Tribes in the comments, and I’ll mail it to the person whose answer I like best.

I’m picking the winner on Thursday. Bonus points for writing your own blog post about it and sending me a trackback.

{ 6 comments }

1 Kris Colvin 10.20.08 at 6:37 am

As someone designing and developing products for users, in addition to providing user experience consulting for clients, I very much want and need to read Tribes. I’ve discovered myself how powerful my small community of people are that I talk to on Twitter… things get done faster and more efficiently that would not, or could not, before that tool came into my life. I’m fascinated with the psychological aspects of community and why people do what they do… that knowledge helps shape my product design, and I want to learn what Seth has observed and concluded that led him to write Tribes. It sounds like an awesome book!

2 Digidave 10.20.08 at 8:03 am

I’m trying to learn what makes people work together in groups. Specifically: I don’t think spot.us works unless it can tap civic leaders on the shoulder, particularly the civic leaders online.

They must be super-motivated, connected, etc – and must see journalism as a means to accomplish a goal they believe in.

How do I find those internet civic leaders, motivate them, and get them to use spot.us?

That’s the big question on my head. Perhaps Tribes can help?

3 Chuck 10.20.08 at 1:26 pm

So first, some background.

I am responsible for leading a real, actual tribe. We’re mostly related, we walk around a lot en mass, we share the same stories over and over again–you get the picture. A real tribe.

And speaking of pictures, that brings me to the reason why I deserve the free copy of this book.

That’s us on the cover, the tribe there in the picture. It’s my tribe. And that’s me in the center. I’m not sure when the picture was taken (we frequent vast white expanses), but the other day we wandered by a bookstore and there we were on a promo for the book that included the cover art, plain as day. I was shocked.

So I feel like we ought to have a copy, and frankly, it irks me a bit to have to pay for it. If my not getting a free copy of the book wouldn’t be a gross miscarriage of justice, I no longer understand the meaning of the phrase.

Don’t believe me? That’s frustrating, but I can understand. In fact, I toyed with the idea of just telling you that I’m a huge fan of Seth, a constant passer-on of books once I read them, and that I’d appreciate being chosen, but I just couldn’t stoop to that sort of pandering and dishonesty.

So there you have it. May the best man depicted on the cover without consent or compensation win, and thank you for your consideration.

4 Kai Davis 10.20.08 at 1:46 pm

Hey Jason,

Good to see you sharing the wealth of Tribes. I’m doing the same on Ninjakai and my school newspaper, The Weekly Enema.

http://ninjakai.com/seth-godins-tribes

http://weeklyenema.com/seth-godins-tribes/

I just downloaded the free Audio book of Tribes, too! Have to start telling people about that also. (http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2008/10/a-dollar-or-les.html) Good luck with your giveaway. I don’t need a copy, but I hope some interested people get yours.

Kai

5 Kris Colvin 10.21.08 at 2:48 pm

Chuck, you live in a city of 5 million people (according to your blog) and yet walk around with a giant tribe, frequenting vast white expanses? Must be a unique city – I can’t even think of ONE vast white expanse, in all the places I have been! 🙂

6 Chuck 10.21.08 at 3:03 pm

Intriguing, isn’t it? Better stay tuned to my blog… 😉

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