Saturday, December 29, 2012

Amazon for Students in 2013

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When I started this blog a few years ago, I was getting a handful of hits a day.  Now, I am up to hundreds of readers a day.  I am so grateful for each and every visitor—even if you don’t always agree with me.

For the last few months I’ve been toying with adding an Amazon link to my blog to promote fundraising for student scholarships.  There are two reasons for this.

First of all, it could raise money for students—particularly with the growth in readers this blog has seen in recent months.

Second, I have been getting a number of questions from readers about my work or books that I would recommend.  While most of my writing is in journals unavailable to Amazon customers, some of my writing is available on Amazon.  Also, there are plenty of great environmental/sustainability/geology/cave/karst books available on Amazon that I would recommend.

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Of course, we should all use our local libraries and purchase from local bookstores.  But if you don’t, you can utilize the Amazon links on the right to make purchases. 

There are four specific links that you will find. 

One is to a list of books that I recommend for sustainability professionals.  The titles range from some of the old classics to new books that challenge our modern thinking. The list is a work in progress and will change with time.

The next one is to books that I’ve written or contributed to in some way.  Most of my writing is not available on Amazon, but I’ve included most things that are here. 

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Next, I’ve added a list of books on my nightstand.  These books are likely to be the subject of upcoming blog posts or are in some way important to the current time. This list will change as I add and remove materials.

Finally, I’ve added a search engine to allow you to search for anything imaginable on Amazon. 

I will also add another list of books (such as cookbooks and novels) that I like in the future.

Any purchase of recommended books will help sustainability students.

And you don’t just have to purchase books to make a difference.  If you purchase anything from the Amazon search engine on the right, your purchase will help students.

Photo by Bob Brinkmann
A total of 4-10 percent of all purchases will go toward my goal of raising 1000 this year.  My visitors would need to purchase $25,000 worth of stuff on Amazon at the lowest percentage return rate to make this happen.

I put a fund raising thermometer on the right to let my readers know how we are doing.  Can we raise $1,000 in 2013?  I hope so. Within a week of reaching this goal, I will go on a 15 mile hike to memorialize and celebrate the event.  I hope I can do this in the spring or summer and not in the late fall when things are way too busy for a hike!

If you purchase on Amazon, please consider purchasing through this blog.

Also, if you are feeling generous and want to make a tax deductable contribution to a fund to help college students earn a degree in sustainability, please let me know and we can talk about how you can help. 

There is so much need right now among the youth of our nation.  Your support would be gratefully appreciated.

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