Releasing Reconstructing 3/11 as a free download yesterday was something of an experiment. On the one-hand, we at the Abiko Free Press believe passionately that books are valuable and therefore their authors should be valued (aka pay the writers, dammit); but on the other, what good is the greatest writing if only the fewest read it?
It's an unsquarable circle. The high command of the Abiko Free Press thought we'd take a middle ground and offer the book for free, but only for 24 hours and see if we could generate a little buzz. Well, don't know about you, but for us we are pleased as punch that in 24 hours 713 copies of the book were downloaded.
Is that 713 fewer paying customers? Maybe. But we prefer to see it as 713 more people who care about the meaning of 3/11 to Japan and its people, and 713 more people who have a better understanding of what the Abiko Free Press is all about.
Many thanks to all our supporters on social media who spread the message. What goes around, comes around.