Read an Ebook Week 2018

Welcome to the official Read an Ebook Week page, where you'll find links, banners and buttons to help you get the most out of this exciting global celebration of ebooks.

To learn the story behind Read an Ebook Week, read Mark Coker's interview with Rita Toews, Read an Ebook Week's creator.  Or visit the official Facebook Page for Read an Ebook Week.


Readers: Where to Find Books

Smashwords Read an Ebook Week Catalog - This is the hub of the action, where you find over 75,000 multi-format books regularly priced at free every day, and thousands more that are free or deep-discounted exclusively at Smashwords during Read an Ebook Week only.  Browse the catalog by discount categories of FREE, 75%-off, 50%-off and 25% off.

Apple iBooks - For iPhone, iPad, iTunes and Mac users.   CLICK HERE to bring up a selection of FREE ebooks organized by categories such as Featured Titles, Fiction & Literature, Non-Fiction, Children & Teens, Romance, Mysteries & Thrillers, Sci-fi & Fantasy, Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Entertainment and more.  iBooks features thousands of free and low-cost books every day in their iBooks app.

Barnes & Noble - CLICK HERE for access to hundreds of free ebook for the Barnes & Noble Nook.

Kobo - Smashwords supplies tens of thousands of free ebooks to Kobo.  Click here for a collection of the most popular free ebooks at Kobo drawn from multiple publishers and distributors. - This popular site offers readers access to hundreds of free ebooks. - Over 33,000 free ebooks from one of the early pioneers in free ebook sites.


Ebook retailers/book sites? - Are you running a 2018 Read an Ebook Week promotion?  Or do you offer a curated site offering or linking to legal downloads of free ebooks?  To have your site considered for inclusion in this promotion, contact the Smashwords Service team by clicking the "?" at the top of this page.



Authors: How to Promote Your Participation

Follow these steps:

1.   Enroll your books at our official RAEW Enrollment page - Select a discount level for the book ranging from 25% off to 100% off (FREE).  Your after-discount price must be $.99 or greater, otherwise the book will default to FREE.

2.  Celebrate your participation by posting Official Read an Ebook Week banners, buttons and images on your website or blog, or share the images across your social media channels.

3.  Promote your participation in the sale with direct links to your book pages, your author page (if you've enrolled multiple books) and/or the RAEW promotion page at   Promote the links and your participation across all your social media channels:

- On your website

- On your blog

- On Twitter

- On Facebook

- On LinkedIn

- On Google +

- On your private mailing list

- On your favorite message boards

4.  Remind your fellow Smashwords authors to participate.  Each year, Read an Ebook Week gets bigger and bigger thanks to the active involvement of authors like you.  Each participating author brings more readers to the sale page, and these readers then go on to discover the books of other great Smashwords authors.  This is collective marketing at its finest.

5.  Looking for more marketing ideas?  How about these?

  • Download the new 2018 edition of Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, where you'll find 65 book marketing ideas, all free to implement.
  • Subscribe to the Smart Author Podcast, where you'll learn to publish and market ebooks like a pro.  Visit the Smart Author homepage to listen online or click to your favorite podcast directory.


Banners, Buttons and Badges

Readers and authors, celebrate your love of Read an Ebook Week by sharing these images on your website, blog or across Facebook and other social media!  Simply right mouse click to save the full-size image to your computer, then upload it anywhere.  You can link the image to any page you like, such as the this official Smashwords Read an Ebook Week hub page (, the Smashwords promotion page of featured books (, the official Read an Ebook Week Facebook Page ( or if you're an author, your author profile page at Smashwords (click "Profile" to find the link to your author page).  Thank you to Rita Toews for creating this images.












Connect with Read an Ebook Week Authors and Readers

Here are some of the official and unofficial hotspots to learn more about Read an Ebook Week, or connect with fellow writers and readers during the promotion:

1.  Facebook - The official RAEW Facebook page

2.  Read an interview with Rita Toews, the woman who created Read an Ebook Week.  Mark Coker of Smashwords interviewed her in 2010 at The Huffington Post.


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