Ever heard of it? I hadn’t until a couple of weeks ago. The idea behind it is to provide the troops overseas with free downloads for their e-readers, and I think it’s a great idea. Imagine being a soldier off in some desert somewhere, backpacking 80lbs of equipment plus ten or so books. Not going to happen. But e-readers these days are slim and light and can easily get tucked into a backpack, adding easy access to up to 5000 or so books. So I signed up to give them access to the books I have up on Smashwords, which is the only place I can control the price. There are some 500+ authors signed up for the program, and while so far it’s for U.S. troops, I’m on the hunt for a similar program for the Canadian troops away from home. It’s simple and works the same as the coupons offered by the BacklistEbook authors the last couple of weeks, except that these coupons are for 100% off the price of the books. Only fair, I would say, since they give 100% of themselves over in that hot sandy desert, or that cold icy mountain, or wherever they happen to be that is not home with their families and loved ones.
I did go one step further, however, and included an invitation to any of the troops who might want copies of the more recent books that DELL WON’T GIVE ME THE RIGHTS BACK FOR, that I will send them the .doc file of the book, providing they can figure out how to make it work on their readers *snort*.
So. Any other authors out there who want to participate in Operation Book Drop can either drop me an email at email@example.com or contact the gentleman who put this brain child together, Edward Patterson at <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Just put Operation Book Drop in the subject line. He or I can send along the list of soldiers who have signed up for the program.
You get to use this spiffy logo too:
It’s a good thing, people.