Re: [fukuoka_farming] Books by Masanobu Fukuoka
- Hello Robert, its good to have you here and to find someone else out there
working toward the same goals - who knows, soon we might reach a critical
mass! Who knows what we might be able to affect then?
From what I understand from others who have ordered the Fukuoka books
from One India Bookstore, delivery was more like a few weeks than months,
but then that is for single copies rather than for a larger order that you
might have placed.
Whilst the e-copies of One-Straw might seem dubious, I suspect in
editing them for this forum I was sharing your desire to introduce more
people to the ideas of Fukuoka - and, as yet, I do not think they have been
published on the web.
It is also good to hear that the copyright of the books has reverted to
Fukuoka (the Rodale Press no longer retain any rights, though of course,
regarding the English translation Larry Korn's permission would also be
required), it is helpful if we want to bring up the subject of access to his
books at the conference in October.
I once put together an email listing all sources of Fukuoka books, I'll
dig it up and post it again to the group including your details Robert.
----- Original Message -----
From: strawrevolution <inquiries@...>
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2002 1:49 AM
Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Books by Masanobu Fukuoka
> Long out of print in North America, I make Fukuoka's books available here
at a reasonable price.
> They took much work to find and come from the other side of the planet. I
order direct from the publisher, A LEGITIMATE PUBLISHER, and it took me
months to establish a working relationship. It takes several months to place
and receive an order. The price is fair, and I can usually mail the book out
within a few days of receiving the order. I've even done rush orders for
folks headed to Japan.
> I take my business very seriously and find the questions about legitimacy
somewhat amusing, since your group posts two electronic versions of One
Straw for free download.
> Initially, I contacted Rodale about reprinting One Straw in March, 2002,
and got this reply:
> "We have no plans at this time for reissuing THE ONE-STRAW REVOLUTION.
> "The rights reverted to the author back in 1990. He is Japanese and knows
no English. Also, he was elderly when the book was written. I seriously
doubt whether he is still alive."
> I seriously doubted it, too, until I heard a rumor he was still alive from
a woman who "needed the books right away" because she was headed to Japan to
study Fukuoka's effect on Japanese agriculture. Days later, Leland found my
web site and suggested I join this news group. Until then, I pretty much
believed Fukuoka was long gone. As Mark Twain would say, "The rumors of my
death have been greatly exaggerated."
> If anyone would like to put him in touch with me about publishing a US
editon, I would welcome it.
> Robert Hayes
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- Robert Hayes wrote:
>>I take my business very seriously and find the questions about legitimacysomewhat >>amusing, since your group posts two electronic versions of One
Straw for free download.
Robert--please don't take the question of about the legitimacy of your sale
of One Straw Revolution personally--I am sure that it was in no way meant to
insult you or to question your honesty.
What you read in that one post was part of an extended thread that has been
ongoing since this group was formed. There has been much frustration because
none if us in North America had been able to find copies of Fukuoka's work
anywhere. One source was finally uncovered in India, but we learned that
these were "bootleg" copies and none of the proceeds were actually going to
Sensei Fukuoka. Many of us were hesitant to support this kind of piracy.
One of our members did kindly post a copy of One Straw Revolution for us
online--since none of us here in the U.S. could get ahold of it and we all
desperately wanted to be "on the same page" as it were in our ongoing
discussions. I for one was very grateful for the favor. To be fair, the
member who posted the book for us did encourage us to keep seeking a
legitimate source for the materials. If we have found one in you, then we
are very happy!
Would you mind telling us where the copies you are selling originated? Does
Fukuoaka indeed profit from these sales?
I am on a very limited budget, but would love to own copies of all of
Fukuoka's works, so that I may better understand and teach his methods in my
I hope that you will continue with our group and add your insights to our
- I, too, "wish to see Fukuoka's ideas reach as wide an audience as possible," and I'm okay with the electronic versions being posted here. I even have another link for your access list: Touchwood Books www.touchwoodbooks.co.nz
The source of the Fukuoka books that I carry is indeed India. Partap Aggarwal, in his preface to One Straw, Other India Press, states that he "wrote and obtained [Rodale Press'] permission to print an Indian edition for a nominal royalty." He got to know both Fukuoka and Robert Rodale, and they gave permission to encourage translation of One Straw into various Indian languages. Road Back to Nature and Natural Way of Farming are published by bookventure "by arrangement with Japan Publications, Inc. of Tokyo and New York." I don't know if Fukuoka benefits from these arrangements or not. Perhaps he would be open to reissuing US editions. Is anyone who will see him in October willing to bring it up?
I'm not really a book store per se, though I used to own one and have a knack for finding hard to find books. My wife and I live a long way down a bad dirt road in the middle of nowhere between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. My business involves Sustainable Building (emphasis on straw bale), Renewable Energy (solar/wind), Distributed Generation (house by house grid tied solar/wind "green" power), and Energy Conservation (effecient appliances, etc.). For me, Fukuoka's work is a piece, a very important piece, of a bigger picture.