AMAZON.COM TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM E-BOOK TO 2011 JAPAN RELIEF FUND

AMAZON.COM TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM E-BOOK TO 2011 JAPAN RELIEF FUND

 


Amazon.com announced today that it will donate its percentage of the $3.99 sales price of the fund-raising Kindle e-book SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN to the 2011 Japan Relief Fund, administered by Japan America Society of Southern California.

As reported here several weeks ago, SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN is a collection of new and original stories donated by twenty highly-regarded mystery and thriller writers who were inspired by the desire to contribute something to the recovery effort from the Great Tohuku Earthquake of March 11, 2011. The book went online on June 11, the three-month anniversary of the quake.


“We're deeply grateful to Amazon for this donation,” says Douglas Erber, president of Japan America Society of Southern California. “The immediacy of the images of devastation may have faded, but the reality of the recovery effort is as pressing as ever, and Amazon's generosity will mean so much to those still suffering in the disaster areas!”


According to a company spokesperson, “Amazon is pleased to be a partner in this effort.”


SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN was edited by Edgar-nominated thriller writer Timothy Hallinan and features original stories by a group of writers who have, among them, won every major award the genre offers. The authors are Brett Battles, Cara Black, Vicki Doudera, Dianne Emley, Dale Furutani, Stefan Hammond, Rosemary Harris, Naomi Hirahara, Wendy Hornsby, Ken Kuhlken, Debbi Mack, Adrian McKinty, I.J. Parker, Gary Phillips, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Jeffrey Siger, Kelli Stanley, C.J. West, Jeri Westerson and Hallinan.  As we mentioned previously, Booknook.biz's Rick Capidamonte donated all of the ebook design to this worthy cause. 

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan described the disaster as “The toughest and most difficult crisis for Japan” since the end of World War II. The quake moved Honshu, Japan's main island, eight feet to the east. The temblor and the resulting tsunami killed more than 15,000 people, with more than 7,000 still listed as missing and left more than 300,000 homeless.


SHAKEN: STORIES FOR JAPAN can be purchased for $3.99!
 

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