Five Publishing Industry-Sponsored Efforts to Help Japan

 Guest Post by Pamelia Brown

Even though it’s been over a month since Japan suffered an earthquake and tsunami which wreaked havoc on the country’s population and infrastructure, that country still needs aid as much as possible.

As a writer, I’ve been following the situation closely, and I have been pleased to see how the publishing industry has banded together to offer its own humble help. If you’re interested in books, then you should consider supporting some of these aid initiatives and the people behind them. Although some aid campaigns have come and gone, you can still show your gratitude by contacting these groups, buying their products, or sending a donation in their name.

2:46 Quakebook

2:46 Quakebook is basically a Twitter-sourced book that is being sold to raise funds for Red Cross Japan. Basically, it is a book that consists of collected Tweets of those on the ground in Japan the moment the earthquake struck, as well as afterwards. Put together by OurManInAbiko, the book is selling on Amazon for Kindle for $9.99. Of the book, Abiko says, “The primary goal 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.”

Melville House’s Banana for Japan Campaign

New Yorkindependent publisher Melville House has announced a “Banana for Japan” campaign. Essentially, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the forthcoming novel Lake by Banana Yoshimoto will go towards Japan disaster relief. Although the book doesn’t come out until May, you can find pre-order information here. Shortly after announcing this campaign, Melville House donated $5,000 from sales of all its catalogue to Japan. If anything, this is a publishing house worth supporting.

Chronicle Books Bake Sale

Another publisher, this one based in San Francisco, did its small part by having a bake sale on March 21st. The publisher matched 100% of the proceeds of the sale. If you’re interested in supporting this publisher because of the charitable work they’ve done (they raised over $3,000 from this bake sale!), please consider visiting their website and make a purchase; they sell all sorts of books.

Authors for Japan

In an amazing show of solidarity and generosity, over 150 authors banded together to create Authors for Japan, an online auction that raised over $19,000 for relief efforts. These authors donated their books and other services, ranging from signed first editions to six months of tutoring a child, so that they could raise this much money for Japan. The auction is over, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean you cannot browse the list of items that were up for auction. If you see something that interests you, be sure to contact that author and support him or her by buying a book!

SEA4Japan

Finally, there’s Heidi R. Kling, author of young adult books. She wrote Sea shortly after the Indonesian tsunami of 2004, and she has recently stated on her blog that starting on March 18th, she will donate 20% of profits from new sales of the book to Japan’s chapter of Doctors Without Borders. The book has gotten really great reviews from many mainstream review outlets, so it’s definitely worth a read, especially if you have a teenage son or daughter.

This guest contribution was submitted by Pamelia Brown, who specializes in writing about associates degree. Questions and comments can be sent to: pamelia.brown@gmail.com.

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