One of the more popular gifts being sent to servicemen and women of our coalition forces this holiday season is an e-book reader (Kindle, Sony, iPhone, Nook, Blackberry etc.) Here is the chance to fill those readers with lots of great reading material – and e-books from Smashwords are available to read on web browsers and laptops/netbooks as well.
When I first signed up for Operation E-Book Drop via Smashwords and author Ed Patterson I had six books – today I have nine books. Also increasing in numbers is the amount of authors who are participating in this wonderful program – on Oct 31, 2010, Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords, said “Ed Patterson informs me over 500 indie authors are now participating in Operation Ebook Drop. Awesome! Congrats to all.“
I am pleased to say that I am STILL a participating author in Operation E-Book Drop.
Servicemen and women of our Coalition Forces are away from home and putting themselves on the line for the rest of us. No matter what your political beliefs are, most of us agree that we need to support our men and women as we pray for their safe return.
All coalition military personnel deployed overseas who need multi-format ebooks are eligible. According to Ed, “If you’re overseas and away from your home and loved ones, your dependence on reading might increase – and so we are gifting you ebooks for Kindle, Sony, iPhone, Blackberry etc.” For free ebooks, please email Ed ated w pat @ att . net (remove the spaces)
What is Operation E-Book Drop?
Author Ed Patterson had an online conversation with a soldier stationed in Iraq who was having difficulty getting books to read on his Kindle – there isn’t a whole lot to do for entertainment there. Ed sent the soldier a complete file of his books in Kindle format – and then the idea struck him that there might be other soldiers and other authors who would want to participate. Sure enough, lists started to form and books were being sent over the internet in various e-book formats.
Then the wonderful staff at Smashwords found out about this effort and decided to promote the program – Smashwords authors can use special coupon codes to send the members of the Coalition Forces so they can download books to their reading devices. Since Smashwords offers books in several ebook formats (including Kindle, Palm, .pdf and more), books are readable on all reading devices and even with a web browser.