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Operation eBook Drop

December 18, 2009

Hey all,

As you may have read in my earlier post, I recently uploaded several of my books to the eBook store, Smashwords (the rest are coming soon!)

Back in September, Smashwords author Ed Patterson met a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq who wanted to download ebooks for his Kindle, yet Whispernet (Amazon’s wireless download service) didn’t work in Iraq.

Ed offered to email the soldier all 13 of his ebooks, for free. The soldier gratefully accepted.

Following the chance encounter with the soldier, Ed, himself an Army veteran, queried other indie authors on the Kindleboards message boards, asking if they too would be willing to offer their ebooks for free to troops deployed overseas.

In a matter of days, about twenty authors volunteered their books. Almost immediately, Ed began receiving additional requests for ebooks from soldiers and their families.

Ed and some of the authors started using Smashwords as the platform for distributing the ebooks to soldiers. Using the Smashwords Coupon Generator feature, authors are emailing 100%-off coupons to the soldiers.

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 a gifting you ebooks for Kindle, Sony, iPhone, Blackberry etc.” For free ebooks, please email Ed at the address above. Please note that the ebooks you receive may be shared with fellow deployed service members, but may not be distributed or shared elsewhere. Please also consider the coupon codes you receive as privileged information, not to be shared elsewhere. The participating authors are pleased to offer you their books.

You can learn more at the official website, or at the Smashwords forum.

I started sending out emails with my coupon codes to troops today, about fifty or so. If you know anyone who is serving (or is a veteran), feel free to have them email me at perry@perryperkinsbooks.com and I would be honored to send them the codes to download my titles for free.

Blessings,

-Perry

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