“Free” as in “free beer,” not as in “free speech”

Chris Anderson’s latest book, “Free” is free on Amazon to download for the Kindle or the Kindle app on the iPhone or iPod touch.

Or is it? No, sorry, to access it you need the Kindle (not available outside United States) or the Kindle app. If you try to download the app from the iTunes Store without an appropriate account, it says:

iTunes dialog: Your account is only valid for purchases in the Finnish iTunes Store. Clicking OK will take you to this store.

But I am not purchasing anything! I am simply trying to download a free piece of software! To access a free piece of content. And I am not allowed to do that in a disrespectful way.

Way to go, Amazon, Apple and Chris Anderson!

Free is also an ideology. Don’t forget that.