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Rupert Atkinson 01-13-2011 02:58 PM

Discovering Aikido -- Book Online
I have recently uploaded my entire book Discovering Aikido: Principles for Practical Learning to my website:

My publisher decided not to reprint etc - cited recession, low volume book sales, etc, etc, so I got the Rights back. I was thinking of looking for another publisher but gave up so here it is. I have added some parts here and there, and have yet to sort out the pictures (which will take some time). Could this be the first entire book uploaded for free I wonder? I might reconsider if my website data goes over its quota ... and they start charging me for you to read ... but that probably won't happen unless there are too many pics. Wait and see I guess.

Aikido-Sensei 01-15-2011 04:38 PM

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it looks like a very nice and interesting book.. thanks for sharing my friend...

if you need some help with publishing it online and things related to web-development please let me know, i think i can donate with some help.

Rupert Atkinson 01-18-2011 08:24 PM

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Thanks for the offer - but not needed.

I have uploaded about half my pics now. Can't find the other half at present though I did find a lot of negatives.

:ai: :ki: seeker at work ...

ChrisHein 01-19-2011 09:43 AM

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It's cool of you to put it up like that. Thanks!

ramenboy 01-30-2011 09:15 PM

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That's great of you to do that, Rupert!

Have you thought of offering it as an ebook?

mattwilkie 01-31-2011 11:42 PM

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Have a look at a self-publishing service that's well setup and easy to use (mostly). They don't care how many copies are printed and sold. I made a book for my Mom of an old out print text and bought only two copies.

The print, paper and binding quality was as good or better than most common paperbacks at the bookstore. I was and am very impressed. I did have some problems, not discovered until I received the finished product unfortunately, with discoloured background on the images separating chapters. A few more moments setting transparency properly would have fixed it I think. In any case it's a good idea to order a copy for yourself before telling all and sundry about it.

The major drawback for small volumes is shipping prices. You have to really want the title to pay $10 shipping for a $15 book. On the other hand they'll sell to bookstores too, no matter what their size, so if folks can find a local independent retailer to bring it in they might save a little.

There are other self-publishing houses which can net a lower per-unit cost, and thus potentially more profit to the author, but they generally involve a lot more work up front and the pricing structures aren't as transparent or flexible (Lulu let's the author set the price at whatever they like above a certain minimum). At least that was the case when I last looked into this four years ago. It may be different now.

Oh yeah, one more nice touch: if the author forgoes their percentage cut, Lulu will print and sell the book at cost.
They do ebooks too (ok, so that was two more things!).

Rupert Atkinson 02-01-2011 12:10 AM

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Not really thought about the e-book thing. It still needs a bit of sorting and I will do so when I get time. I wrote it all maybe six/seven years ago and I have moved on since then in many ways, though many of the ideas therein remain valid (for me). Can't find some of the old pics so will have to take some new ones ... it's all about that magic word - 'time'.

Rupert Atkinson 02-12-2011 01:12 AM

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Just a quick note:

If you want to see what is in the book, click on the Contents link in the left frame. Then click on the new links for each chapter that appear etc.

GMaroda 02-12-2011 09:41 AM

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It's an interesting book and my only critique is I think you misinterpret George Silver's True and False times in relation to Aikido. But it's a minor thing. :)

Rupert Atkinson 05-14-2011 03:01 AM

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I have finally gotten around to sorting out a few formatting issues. Still need to find a few more pics. It's a work in progress but it's 95% there. Hope you like it.

FiuzA 05-14-2011 07:23 AM

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Thank you so much, once again, Rupert for this kind gesture.


Rupert Atkinson 02-11-2012 02:53 PM

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Just been looking at my website stats. Not so many hits, maybe 5 a day on avaerage, but some of those 'hits' are spending a lot of time on the site - 10 to 80 minutes, which is good. If you read it and have a question, feel free to ask. I may be a bit late in answering sometimes as I am very busy.

danj 02-12-2012 09:48 PM

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Hi Rupert,
I think you are hiding your light under a bushel as the site is not so well ranked on google or optimised for it as yet.A craft in itself for the web publisher. PM me if you like

Rupert Atkinson 02-15-2012 02:33 AM

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Not worried. If my bandwith exceeds a certain limit I may have to pay so it's enough that it is here on aikiweb.

Chuck Clark 02-15-2012 07:54 AM

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Interesting book in my opinion. A good book... of course I say that because I agree with most of what you write about. I've always found, over the years, your attitudes about budo to be sound. Well done and thanks for putting it out for everyone that wants it.

I would urge you to really consider the online publishing route.

Best regards,

Rupert Atkinson 11-05-2012 09:35 PM

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Does anyone know how to get a book sorted into something like an app for an iPhone? Also, if you publish as an e-book, do you lose all rights to the book forever?

lbb 11-06-2012 07:18 AM

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Hi Rupert,

Rather than turning it into an app as such, I'd look at rendering it in one or more popular e-book formats (there are fierce religious wars about which of these formats is "best", and also much less exciting (but more useful) empirical data about which of these formats will reach more people). As far as your rights, I don't think that the medium changes those, at least as far as legalities go. Unless you are willing to get into the whole DRM thing (where technology does the enforcement for you), I think you'll have practical issues preventing people from distributing individual copies, but with a little vigilance you can probably prevent wholesale distribution.

iron horse 03-25-2013 01:26 PM

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Wow - great reading! I met Rupert a few times in Korea. A lot of this reading is deja-vu for me, it's like I knew it already, but I didn't know that I knew it.

Rupert Atkinson 07-18-2013 01:23 AM

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I made a Facebook page for my book a while ago. Hope this works:

Am thinking of making a video at some point to get my ideas across. Still need to make it into an Ebook or go the self-publishing route. Everything just takes time.

PaulF 07-18-2013 02:05 AM

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Hi Rupert

Just applied to join the FB group, a video is a great idea as well. I'd already had a good read on the web version but I picked up a hard copy of the original via amazon the other day as it's always nice to have the real thing. I enjoy your didactic yet slightly whimsical style, and the structure is original. Good stuff all round in fact. :)



Rupert Atkinson 10-28-2013 05:25 PM

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I have been making slight changes here and there to my material. I always welcome comment. It is still being developed ... and is lacking certain pics. Am also beginning to look at sorting it out for e-book format but for the time being it shall remain here. And then, some videos.

Conrad Gus 10-29-2013 10:53 AM

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You fooled me with the title. I thought this was going to be an introductory book, but it is actually a very advanced discussion.

I normally eschew aikido books, but after having looked through a few sections at random I think I will be reading this cover to cover. The writing is clear and there is a lot of practical wisdom. It is humble without avoiding taking a strong stance on controversial topics.

I really like this book. Thanks for making it available for free. I can only imagine the amount of effort that has gone into this over the years.


Rupert Atkinson 03-26-2014 04:18 PM

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I just arrived in Tokyo and will be here for a few months. Would be fun to meet / exchange ideas if anyone is out there.

Rupert Atkinson 08-04-2014 04:00 AM

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After a few months training in Japan again (Kobayashi Dojo) I am now back in Sheffield, UK. If anyone who knows me (or not) is around, feel free to contact me - always keen to train someplace to exchange ideas. Have just done a few hours of Taichi stuff with a friend from almost 30 years ago.

Rupert Atkinson 12-04-2014 11:00 PM

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I am now back in Korea as of last September. If anyone gets the mind to come to Korea feel free to pm me to ask whatever. I am working at Yongin University, which is well-known for its martial arts programs.

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