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For authors making electronic versions of their books available, it’s hard to imagine a better cause than this, Operation Ebook Drop, an easy way of providing military personnel overseas with reading material.

From the item:

What began as “Operation Kindle Ebook Drop” has now morphed into something much bigger — “Operation Ebook Drop,” in recognition of the multiple ebook-reading devices — cell phones, Kindles, Sony Readers, laptops, etc. – people use to read ebooks.

With Ed’s (Patterson) encouragement, over the next week or so, we’ll begin notifying our 1,300+ Smashwords authors and publishers about the opportunity to participate in Operation Ebook Drop.

One of the beauties of electronic books, aside from their portability, is that there’s only one production process: the original setup of the electronic file. No paper costs, no binding and glue, just a single book file that can be sold — or, in this case, given away — over and over and over again.

This is a great program, and I’d encourage anyone who’s able to participate.

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