August 12th 2013 is my parents’ 51st wedding anniversary. To celebrate this day in my family’s life, Amazon will give away free copies (just on Monday) of my e-book; Fundamentals of Environmental Economics: Solving Urban Pollution Problems. I will learn what the demand curve for my book looks like. It is selling a few copies at a price of $2 and we will see how many more copies are sold at a price of $0! Amazon gives authors the option to give away their books on certain days (up to 5 days). Other publishers should consider this? I don’t fully understand their business model but perhaps I’m not supposed to.
People who actually read the book will see that it could benefit from an editor’s tough read. When I re-read the entire manuscript, I was proud that it provides a strong overview of most of the key ideas in modern environmental economics. Anyone can learn from reading it and I use it in my UCLA undergraduate classes as my main textbook. This book is meant to compete with boring $100 textbooks and I also intend for it to be of interest to casual readers who want to learn something about how basic ideas from micro economics can inform thinking about urban environmental problems. The book blends in more ideas about politics and political economy than is discussed in the typical neo-classical economics text.