2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake, by The quakebook community, edited by Our Man in Abiko, 24 customer reviews, 5 stars

Although the file was available via Amazon for $0.00 for one morning, on May 20, via the one-click box, it was already no longer free later that day and was listed as $9.99.  So, this lasted barely half a day last time.  They may have had an unanticipated number of downloads that day.

From the Product Description: “In just over a week, a group of unpaid professional and citizen journalists who met on Twitter created a book to raise money for Japanese Red Cross earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.  In addition to essays, artwork and photographs submitted by people around the world, including people who endured the disaster and journalists who covered it… contains…work created specifically for the book by authors William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein.”

“The primary goal,” says the book’s editor, a British resident of Japan, “is to record the moment, and in doing so raise money for the Japanese Red Cross Society to help the thousands of homeless, hungry and cold survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The biggest frustration for many of us was being unable to help these victims…”

Amazon has highlighted this book for weeks.  Now that it’s free again for however long, there’s no revenue during this time that they’d normally just forward to the Japanese Red Cross Society, the ebook’s product page points out that a donation can still be made to American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.  The many customer reviews are worth a read if you’re wondering whether to download the book.

Via Andrys Basten’s A Kindle World blog


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