Operation eBook Drop

I recently joined something called Operation eBook Drop, which is, according to the creator Edward C. Patterson"an affiliation of independent authors and soldiers."

Via Operation eBook Drop, indie authors offer their ebooks for free to coalition troops deployed overseas.  Troops contact Operation eBook Drop with their e-mail and a request to be included on the free ebook mailing list.  Each author is responsible for getting their book coupons (generally via Smashwords) to the military members.  Mr. Patterson provides the authors with an e-mail list of soldiers to send the free ebook information to.  The list of e-mail addresses I received had over 400 soldiers on it.

Although I think it's a generous thing for authors to do, it's certainly not strictly a philanthropic effort.  For a new self-published author like myself, it provides an outlet to reach new readers and build a following.  It's definitely a win-win opportunity for both readers and authors.

If you're interested in learning more, the Smashwords Blog has an excellent post on Operation eBook Drop and the official website can be found here:  Operation eBook Drop.