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In just over a week after the earthquake a group of citizen and professional journalists produced this amazing book.

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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, 2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake contains a piece by Yoko Ono, and 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. I don’t have any medical skills, and I’m not a helicopter pilot, but I can edit. 

A few tweets pulled together nearly everything – all the participants, all the expertise – and in just over a week we had created a book including stories from an 80-year-old grandfather in Sendai, a couple in Canada waiting to hear if their relatives were okay, and a Japanese family who left their home, telling their young son they might never be able to return."

If you'd like to make a donation to aid the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, please visit the Japanese Red Cross Society website, where you can donate via Paypal or bank transfer (watch out for the fees, though!) or the American Red Cross Society, which accepts donations directed to its Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund (but only accepts donations made with U.S.-issued credit cards).

And of course, if you like the book, please tell your friends, and tell them to give generously as well! Thank you! Japan really does appreciate your help! 

2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake (non fiction)
William Gibson (Author)
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Reviews from Amazon:

OK, so I am closely related to Our Man in Abiko (the guy who first thought of the idea for Quakebook) but having now bought and read the book I can stand behind everything I write with an objective view.

Quakebook is a remarkable book made by a remarkable group of people from around the world. The speed at which this book was created and the method is perhaps a first (through Twitter). It is also the first time that I have read about an earthquake through the eyes of everyday people giving a very different view from the media. Not only this, but 100% of the money from the sale of the book is going to the Japanese Red Cross. Another first. Thanks Amazon.
The stories are heartfelt and honest accounts of the events only one week after the disaster from different perspectives, ages, areas of Japan and across the world helping to make this book a very interesting and insightful account of what was a terrible natural disaster.

If you want to help the people of Japan still suffering from the aftermath,please buy this book.
This little e-book is a quick and engaging read and features the experiences and reactions of ordinary people to the recent Japanese earthquake, in their own words, photographs, and images. It is a fine example of citizen journalism and provokes a real human connection. A broad spectrum of people share their stories, both Japanese and foreigners, young and old, living within and outside of Japan. There's even a contribution from Yoko Ono. Definitely a wonderful idea and a worthwhile read for a good cause.
This is a surprisingly good book. These are the true stories from survivors and people around the world affected by the disaster in Japan. Although at times it's tough to read without choking back tears, it's ultimately uplifting. The speed with which it was written seems to have added to the truth and resonance of the stories; people committed their true feelings without censor or revision. Compiled for the very best motives, by what have been described as 'citizen journalists, this may be the best book you buy this year. In a move that I didn't expect in the corporate world, Amazon have committed to ensure that all the money from sales of the book goes to the Red Cross. This really is a remarkable and important work, possibly ground breaking in so many ways.
This is a book for charity; specifically to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross in the wake of the recent earthquakes. Regardless of the cause, I wanted to make sure this review was just of the book itself, and give an honest view on it. Fortunately, this is a great book.

It's comprised of a multitude of instant responses to the earthquake - no analysis, but vivid detail while things were still fresh in people's heads. In this respect, the presence of such celebrities as Yoko Ono is a distraction - the best pieces are both those who were actually there, hearing the creak of swaying skyscrapers or realising that the shops were bare of all fresh food except that grown near the nuclear power station affected in the quake.
It's a very 21st century book, with its tweets and webcams, and the way it makes clear that even a local disaster like the quakes now affects people the world over; a fact vividly shown by the range of contributions to the book; and the mysterious editor 'Our Man In Akimobo'...

It's beautifully formatted for the Kindle too, with pictures, photos, and Japanese text or displayed perfectly.

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