Ma Jun: his new book
See here the intro by Amazon
The Economics of Air Pollution in China: Achieving Better and Cleaner Growth Kindle Edition
by Ma Jun
About the Author
Ma Jun is chief economist at the research bureau of the People’s Bank of China. He spent thirteen years at Deutsche Bank and has worked as an economist and senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Suffocating smog regularly envelops Chinese metropolises from Beijing to Shanghai, clouding the future prospect of China’s growth sustainability. Air pollutants do not discriminate between the rich and the poor, the politician and the “average Joe.” They put everyone’s health and economic prosperity at risk, creating future costs that are difficult to calculate. Yet many people, including some in China, are concerned that addressing environmental challenges will jeopardize economic growth.
In The Economics of Air Pollution in China, leading Chinese economist Ma Jun makes the case that the trade-off between growth and environment is not inevitable. In his ambitious proposal to tackle severe air pollution and drastically reduce the level of so-called PM 2.5 particles—microscopic pollutants that lodge deeply in lungs—Ma Jun argues that in targeting pollution, China has a real opportunity to undertake significant structural economic reforms that would support long-term growth. Rooted in rigorous analyses and evidence-based projections, Ma Jun’s “big bang” proposal aims to mitigate pollution and facilitate a transition to a greener and more sustainable growth model.
My comment on The Economics of Air Pollution in China
I met Ma Jun a couple of times and he is a real authority on pollution issues.
I only think the book is expensive:
In particular the price of Kindle version is unrealistic. Compare that with my book. Still many people feel my printed book is “a bit expensive”…
BookBub’s free service
See this interesting article about special deals for ebooks.
29 January 2016 – The Secret You Need to Know About Ebooks
Earlier this year, the price on the blockbuster book, The Girl on the Train, was slashed from $11.99 to $1.99 for one day only.
Previously, Gone Girl was discounted from $9.99 to $2.99, and The Da Vinci Code was given away for free for one week. In all three cases, the discounts were only available for the ebook version.
Most people were completely unaware of these huge deals.
A select group of readers, however, had the inside scoop on all these deals and more. They were using our service here at BookBub: a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time.
Read more in the article.
Or simply get free ebooks
Search Google for “free ebooks” and you will get a wide choice.
Here are two examples of websites to explore:
“Great Websites to Download Ebooks”
“The Secret to Getting Bestselling Ebooks for Free”
20 October 2015
Bestselling ebooks are being given away for free every single day. Acclaimed novels from the most talented authors in the world can be at your fingertips for little to no cost.
How is this possible? It’s because publishers and authors are giving ebooks away on purpose.
Table of Content and Kindle
I was about to be a victim too, planning TOC at the end. After reading David’s books I became convinced it was better at the end. Oh well, Amazon does not like it and you get punished hard by them.
Read the story:
Amazon Takes Aim At Scammers But Hits Authors
Amazon Takes Aim At Scammers But Hits Authors
As David points out the rule is indeed in the Kindle guidelines,
see here the link:
Kindle Publishing Guidelines (PDF)
Edwin Maher, a CCTV celebrity
On Sunday 25 September we had to honor to welcome Edwin Maher in our Internations Beijing Book Reading group, to discuss his latest book “Caught on CCTV”.
I remember one of my Old China Hands lunches (Edwin is a regular), when some of our Chinese clients were having a lunch at Morel’s at the same time. We told them some ambassadors were in our lunch and if they wanted to greet them – and take a picture. Good idea till they spotted Edwin sitting there, they did not want to know about whatever ambassador: they only wanted to see Edwin and take a picture.
It says a lot about Edwin who has an impressive career in CCTV as the host for the English news.
So, happy he took some time on his Sunday before another CCTV appearance.
Edwin Maher, the author
I am fortunate to have his two books, all a present from Edwin and signed by him. His first “My China Daily” was very well received, my wife said “You see this is what and how you should write”. Yes boss.
The book we discussed was his recent Caught on CCTV.
A history of CCTV: Caught on CCTV
When I started reading the book, I was immediately shocked. He dedicated the book to Yan Yinan, a CRI reporter with whom I worked for over a year, nearly every week, for interviews on the 2008 Olympics. She was a superb girl and when she left us, many like me were shocked.
As a writer myself I was amazed on how Edwin managed to keep track of all the little details on what happened in CCTV. Did he run the HR department? Bribe the HR director? Well, he did it the Chinese way (as I learned soon after landing here myself): he always carried a notebook writing down everything. But he beats me by far by his incredible detail.
So, the book might be at times a bit heavy, like a sort of Encyclopedia, reminding me of my own book. It is however an important historical document, it will be a legacy for all later to have the insights on how CCTV became what is is today.
I found back a number of CCTV hosts who interviewed me over the years…
Edwin writes with a healthy sense of humor but carefully navigates all “sensitive” topics one might look for.
As I understood he wrote the book on his MacBook Air, much like I often do. And he was clever to use a text software instead of the usual MS Word (it is more appropriate for publishing).
All love Edwin Maher
Our discussion was very lively and most wanted an autograph in his book, and the picture of course. Edwin was as usual so patient and friendly to satisfy everybody.
The pictures talk for themselves…
(Note: this post first appeared on http://www.beijing1980.com/2016/09/26/edwin-maher-in-internations-book-club/)
Consider me one of the many victims of those publishing scammers. Always interesting to understand why the press shuts its mouth on their shady practices. They simply are afraid to criticize their partners and clients.
As David Gaughran mentions (7 January 2016):
“When Penguin purchased Author Solutions in 2012 for US$116m, virtually all the press had the same angle: Penguin was making a smart move into the fast-growing world of self-publishing. No mention was made of the controversial business practices of Author Solutions, or that the giant vanity press resembled a viable self-publishing platform much in the way a glass of hydrochloric acid is a recommended way to cleanse after the holidays.”
Read to whole story here: Penguin Random House
One of the many complaints I have is the way they give totally unreliable “reports” about sales, while I am not waiting for big sales. They are refusing to enter the 21st century in banking they do not pay electronically but through stupid checks in BP sent by snail mail from the USA. When I signed the contract they promised electronic payments. Those checks are worthless as the cost of sending those to Belgium (you can’t cash checks in Beijing) plus the Belgian bank charges would produce a negative payment. Why checks? Because they want to save money. Who still uses checks?
In other words, as good as zero income from my book.
Anybody wants the worthless checks? Need to pick them up in Beijing!