Read an Ebook Week 2019

Large horizontal banner, Read an Ebook Week, shows young child (boy) and text, March 3-9, 2019

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 nearly 80,000 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.  You have two options for book discovery:  1.  Our new book discovery interface.   2.  Our "Classic" discovery interface.

Apple Books - 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.  Apple Books features thousands of free and low-cost books every day in their Apple Books 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.

GetFreeEbooks.com - This popular site offers readers access to hundreds of free ebooks.

Manybooks.net - Over 33,000 free ebooks from one of the early pioneers in free ebook sites.

 

Ebook retailers/book sites? - Are you running a 2019 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 and Publishers: 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.  ***Use our bulk enrollment option on that page to enroll your entire catalog with just a couple clicks!***

2.  The official hashtags for the promotion are #Smashwords and #ebookweek19

3.  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

- Your private, opt-in mailing list

- Your blog

- Your author/publisher website

- Twitter

- LinkedIn

- Favorite message boards

- Anywhere else you connect with readers

4.  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.

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.  The new Smashwords Book Marketing Guide is also serialized in audio on the Smart Author homepage if you'd rather listen than read.

 

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 on the image to save the full-size image to your computer, then attach it as an image anywhere you promote hyperlinks to your books or to the Read an Ebook Week sale page.  You can link the image to any page you like, such as the this official Smashwords Read an Ebook Week hub page (http://smashwords.com/ebookweek), the Read an Ebook sale page (https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1), the official Read an Ebook Week Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Read-an-E-Book-Week/193882590629749) 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 these images.

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Banner for Read an Ebook Week, text shows March 3-9, 2019 and a male child

 

Buttons and Badges:  Share them everywhere!

1.  Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019 (Girl on a bench)

2.  Text reads, Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019 - Mesmerizing Reads (shows black cat)

3.   Read an Ebook Week - black raven with text, March 3-9, 2019 - www.smashwords.com

4.  text reads, Ebooks always Fresh, Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019, image shows man and woman in Victorian clothing admiring one another(

5.   Man walks on train tracks into the picture of train tracks on a cell phone, text reads Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019 - Get Into E-Books

6.Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019 (ereader and hardback books stuffed into back pockets)

7.text reads, Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019 - Illuminating Reads (shows woman striking sensual or spiritual pose with fire)

8. Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019 (spooky Hallowween themed with full moon, bat, owl, and black cat)

9.Read an Ebook Week - March 3-9, 2019 - www.smashwords.com (western theme showing cowboy boots & cowboy hat)

 

 

Authors and Publishers:  Not Yet on Smashwords?

At Smashwords, our job is to provide you the tools, distribution and knowledge you need to to publish like a pro.  We'll help make your ebook discoverable to millions of readers around the world.

It's fast, free and easy to publish and distribute with Smashwords.  We've created a wide range of written, video and audio resources to help you get started.  No technical experience necessary!    Come learn why more indie authors publish and distribute with Smashwords than anyone else.  Here's how to get started:

1.  Sign up for a free account. Click "Join" from any page.  The confirmation email you receive will provide you next steps.  Smashwords is a self-serve publishing platform.  Don't let anyone tell you e-publishing needs to be difficult or expensive.  We'll show you how to do it for free, and do it yourself.  Simply follow our instructions in the Smashwords Style Guide.  There's never anything to buy.  No publishing packages to buy (we don't sell them).  No salespeople will hound you on the phone (We don't employ sales people, and we'll never call you because we don't collect your phone number).   Just simple, no-nonsense publishing and distribution tools that will help you spend more time writing and less time on everything else.

2.  Check out our introductory How to Publish and Distribute with Smashwords page.  On this page, you'll find convenient links to all our training and educational resources, including the Smashwords Style Guide (how to format and publish your book), the Smashwords FAQ (frequently asked questions - a great repository of knowledge including a helpful glossary of e-publishing terms!), and much more.

3.  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!

SMART AUTHOR PODCAST TRAILER (4 minutes)