If you are reading this post then stop wasting your time right now. Click here. It's only the link to the Amazon page where you can download 2:46 - Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake by the Quakebook community. Remember, you don't even need a kindle to read it, yous pays yous money and reads it on any computer or self-aware phone (click on the links on the right of the Amazon page). There seem to be some folk who can't download it. I can only think these are teething troubles, and will be resolved shortly. I've asked, be patient. Or fake your address as a US resident. No, don't do that. That would be wrong.
Thanks. Thanks alot, in fact there are hundreds of people to thank, and I'm going to forget lots of important people. But, I have to start my thanks somewhere:
The core editorial team: Dan Ryan in California, Sandra Barron in LA/Tokyo, M. Rosewood in NY and illustrator Mari Kurisato in Denver. The designer whose work you can barely see in the kindle edition, but whose work will shine in print - Ed Harrison. The woman who single handedly turned www.quakebook.blogspot.com into something worth reading: Lindsey Annison in Cumbria, UK. The chaps who turned the blogspot site into a .org with streaming video and xtml and stuff: Joseph Tame, Michael Gakuran. The backroom mover and shaker who landed us Amazon and got them to waive their fees - Kevin Carroll. The bloke who herded all the disparate cats together after Our Man got fur balls: Roberto De Vido. Other Eds: Jesse Johnson, Joanne Greenway, Owen Schaefer, Jenny Silver, Vania Sofiandi, Aimee Weinstein. Translators Hiromi Davis, Yoshiko Ikeda, Yuko Kato, Tomomi McElwee, M. Rosewood, Andy Sharp, Fernando Ramos, Shirabe Yamada. Arty types: James White (Cover design) Gavin Strange, Linda Yuki Nakanishi, Daniel Freytag, Fernando Ramos, Philipp Christoph Tautz, Brian Lynn, Yukiko Kurokawa.
And Our Woman in Abiko.
Oh yeah, and Yoko Ono, William Gibson, Barry Eisler and Jake Adelstein who, apart from Jake, sprinkled some much needed star dust over the project.
And all the other contributors of stories (85 of them) who you'll just have to buy the book to find out who needs thanking.
And I'm sure there are others who need thanking, whom I've forgotten, like the numerous folk on twitter who helped out, eg Mark Rende who found my first three tweets that started this rigamarole and Jason Packman who bagged us the twitter address before we'd even thought of it.
Oh, and JJ who provided the soundtrack. And the Dub bloke from Twitter who knows how to make proper videos and has promised to sink a few and have a jam sesh in Abiko one of these days.
Enough of this. Let's get out there and sell some books.
*Knew I'd forgotten a few - Liza and Sam in Boston and Katy, our agent provocateur embedded at Amazon's Seattle HQ. And er, Jim Bonner, our publisher?