14 Aug 2014

Happy birthday to me -- here's a gift for you!

A refreshing bath in Canadian snowmelt
It's my 45th birthday today, and life in Amsterdam is good. Cornelia is going to get a masters in Urban and Regional Planning. I've just started as an assistant professor of economics at Leiden University College, a new school affiliated with the 400+ year-old university that is different better for me due to its emphasis on teaching over research.

I'm sure you'll learn more in the coming year(s), but let's get to the exciting part -- your gift!

A few months ago, I was going back and forth on pricing Living with Water Scarcity, i.e., finding a balance between cheap (more sales) and expensive (more revenue). That debate was complicated by the (real or imaged) ideas that higher prices mean more value or a greater obligation to read for some people at the same time as non-zero prices create a barrier for people who lack credit cards, doubt the book's value, or have plenty of "free" stuff to read.

I've been thinking over these issues over the past few months, and I've decided to lower the PDF price from $5 to free because revenues to me are not as important as getting this book into people's hands and its ideas into their heads.

To get your copy, click here

I hope that people who download the book will read it, recommend it to others, and review it on Amazon, their blogs, facebook, and other websites. More important, I hope that my book helps readers and leaders engage in fruitful debates that improve water policies in their communities

Bottom Line: Everyone needs to do their part when it comes to managing our water, so I am giving my book to you for free. Your job is to use its ideas to inspire local action and help your community.