Read an Ebook Week starts on Sunday, March 7. Usually we join in the fun and games of promoting ebook reading in general and BB authors' books in particular with give-aways and special deals. This year, though, there's a hitch because the http://www.bewrite.net/ site is temporarily down for major construction and we can't fix anything from our own store.
So we had a wee idea ...
A whole bunch of generous authors at our admirable retail partners Smashwords.com in the US have clubbed their time and work together to compile a shorts anthology called 'One Hundred Stories for Haiti'. The ebook's been put together in record time (an excellent job, too) and is on sale everywhere with all proceeds to help in Haiti, where everything but pain, misery, hunger and devastating loss is in short supply.
What we at BeWrite Books thought was this: We have more than eighty titles so far running at $9.00 a pop with Smashwords, but there is a promotional facility in the Smashwords store to offer books either free or on a 'pay-what-you-like' basis. Raise your hand any BB author who'd object if we applied the 'pay-what-you-like' principle to some of our Smashwords edition ebooks for five days with anything paid by buyers going straight into Smashwords' Red Cross fund to help those whose lives are in turmoil after the quake?
Ah ... just as I thought. Not a single hand raised against the idea. Because we know you all personally, we had a feeling this would be something you'd support.
Watch this space and we'll let you know how it turns out.
Thanks, gang. Neil, Tony, Alex, Hugh and Sam