Sharing Goods – the hardest to do, because if you give a physical good you no longer have it, you’re deprived of it.
Sharing Services – like giving helping someone across the road – you don’t lose out on physical stuff but it’s an inconvenience.
Sharing Information – like giving someone directions – you don’t lose stuff, it doesn’t take much time, no inconvenience.
Also interesting are Russell’s further thoughts on this where he discusses the relative value of mixtapes vs playlists and how the tangibility of mixtapes actually increases their value.
I find this an incredibly useful way to think about sharing in relation to bookleteer. Give away a printed eBook or StoryCube and you lose that object – but the person you give it to feels valued as a result of that exchange. Email someone an eBook or StoryCube and you don’t lose anything except the time it takes to write the email – but the value may be diluted as a result. Sometimes you won’t have a choice about which way you distribute your eBooks (see A Little Something About Me for one example of why this might be) but when you do the question to ask might be – how do you want the recipient of your eBook to feel..?