Kindle Publishes First Oral History Of The Japanese Earthquake

One of the first documents of the Japanese earthquake gets a little help from social media and the Internet.

2:46 Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake connects the personal stories of the victims of the Japanese Earthquake with other artists moved by the disaster:

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.

While it will stand as an important early document of the historic event, the quickness with which this book has been compiled and distributed through Kindle speaks to the movement of business and commerce to a real-time model. Furthermore, the fact that the book’s creators all met via Twitter continues to support social media’s hand in creating self-organizing bodies that reshape historic events (as was the case with the Egyptian revolution and Facebook).

All proceeds for the book will benefit the Japanese Red Cross. Non-Kindle users may also download via application.

2:46 Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake

[via Pink Tentacle]