Sunday, March 07, 2010

Free Books All Week

It's Read an E-Book Week!

From March 7 (that's today!) to the 13th, retailers, authors, and publishers are urging you to get hold of and read their books for free, or deeply discounted.

This is read an e-book week's 7th year, and creator Rita Toews has gathered together a welter of resources, free books, and tools to help you read an e-book (or two). So where do you go to get your free books and begin exploring the future of reading?

First, there's Rita's own site: which has lots of information and an online bookstore chock full of freebies from participants.

You can pick up the poetry chapbooks I wrote with Magadalena Ball, Cherished Pulse and She Wore Emerald Then for free at: Maggie's novel, Sleep Before Evening and her book of poetry, Repulsion Thrust are available for whatever you want to pay (including nothing!) at Smashwords. If you do decide to pay anything, all proceeds will go to the Red Cross effort on the earthquake-devastated island of Haiti.

And above all, you can celebrate the diversity and availability of the written word, in all its forms and variations. Enjoy!

PS: You can also drop by Magdalena Ball's interview with Mark Coker who heads up Smashwords that is one of the sponsors of this promtoion at blogtalkradio and hear us talk about the implications and future of ebooks. He gives writers information they need to know!

PSS: If you prefer to have paperbacks for yourself or as gifts, click on the Amazon widgets in this post.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and two how to books for writers, The Frugal Book Promoter: How To Do What Your Publisher Won't and The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success. Her FRUGAL book for retailers is A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. She is also the author of the Amazon Short, "The Great First Impression Book Proposal". Some of her other blogs are, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .

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