The Read an E-Book Week website for 2012 is loading up on promotions and giveaways for the March 4-10 week (and a few that will cover the entire month of March, in honor of the proclamation of Read an E-Book Month in Canada).
15 authors are offering free giveaways at the moment, and over 20 ebook publishers are also supplying promotions. The list of participants come from Canada, the U.S., the Philippines, Argentina, Italy, Australia, Poland and Hungary. And at present, there are contests to give away as many as five ebook reading devices.
Rita Toews would like to remind everyone of one of the greatest promotional ideas for ebooks: A few years back, an ebook fan set himself up at a local coffee shop, with a group of devices at his table, and a sign that read, “Ask me about ebooks.” In just a few hours, he had a lot of people stop by his table and ask questions, and he provided great information about readers, formats, availability of books, DRM and pricing. Since then others have tried the same thing with equally-impressive results. Rita urges anyone who’s interested to try this out in your local area, and see how much you can advance the cause of ebooks.