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Read an Ebook Week 2024

Learn the story behind Read an Ebook Week;
Download shareable images & swipe copy


Welcome to the official Read an Ebook Week page, where readers and authors can find shareable images to support their participation in this 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.  Don't miss 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 100,000 ebooks 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.


Authors and Publishers: How to Promote Your Participation

Follow these steps:

  • Authors that publish and manage their books at Smashwords can visit 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.  ***Use our bulk enrollment option on that page to enroll your entire catalog with just a couple clicks!***   Authors who distribute via Draft2Digital can enroll in the sale from Draft2Digital.

  • The official hashtag is #ebookweek24
  • Promote your participation in the sale with direct links to your Smashwords author or publisher page (click "Profile" and then copy the web address from your browser).  Promote the links, images and your participation across all your favorite channels:

    • Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

    • Your private, opt-in mailing list (Opt-in means these recipients have affirmatively requested to receive email from you; never spam, never hire email marketers to spam as this could lead to account termination per the Smashwords Terms of Service)

    • Your blog

    • Your author/publisher website

    • LinkedIn

    • Favorite message boards (follow posting rules; never spam)

    • Anywhere else you connect with readers

  • Invite your author friends to join you in the promotion.  Each year, Read an Ebook Week gets bigger and bigger thanks to the active involvement of authors and publishers 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 collaborative marketing at its finest.  Cross promote with author friends whose books you think your readers with love.

  • Looking for more marketing ideas?  How about these?

    • Download the 2020 edition of Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, where you'll find 65 book marketing ideas, all free to implement.
    • The 2018 edition of the Smashwords Book Marketing Guide is also serialized in audio on the Smart Author homepage if you'd rather listen than read.


Banners, Buttons, Badges, and Swipe Copy

Visit our "How do I promote the Read an Ebook Week Sale?" page to access sample "swipe copy" and numerous images promoting the sale.

Readers and authors, celebrate your love of Read an Ebook Week by sharing these images on your website, blog or across Facebook, Instagram, and other social media! 



Authors and Publishers:  Not Yet on Smashwords?

If you're an author or publisher, it's easy to distribute to the Smashwords Store.

Just sign up for an account at Draft2Digital (Draft2Digital acquired Smashwords in March '22) and opt in to distribute your titles to Smashwords.


New to Publishing?

If you're completely new to e-publishing (don't be intimidated, we'll hold your hand!), check out Mark Coker's Smart Author Podcast.  The podcast guides writers step by step from the very basics of ebook publishing to more advanced topics.  Learn the secrets of the bestselling indie authors.   Visit our Smart Author Podcast page to listen right now, access full edited transcrips and supplemental show notes, or to view a complete list of popular podcast portals that carry the podcast.  Here's the trailer!