August 12th 2013 is my parents’ 51st wedding anniversary. Â To celebrate this day in my family’s life, Â Amazon will give away free copies (just on Monday) of my e-book; Fundamentals of Environmental Economics: Solving Urban Pollution Problems.Â Â 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! Â Â Amazon gives authors the option to give away their books on certain days (up to 5 days). Â Other publishers should consider this? Â 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. Â Â 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. Â 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. Â The book blends in more ideas about politics and political economy than is discussed in the typical neo-classical economics text.