Celebrating Read an eBook Week with huge discounts!

I’m a fan of eBooks from way back. I used to buy them in .lit format and read them on MS Reader… until I updated to Windows Vista, was forced to reinstall an updated version of MS Reader, and a huge number of my eBooks suddenly wouldn’t open and threw up an error message saying I didn’t own them anymore. WTF? Boy, was I majorly unimpressed. I did eventually find a way around that, and discovered the joys of reading eBooks via Bluefire Reader on my iPhone.

Anyway, I’ve been electronically published since 2009, and to date, all but one of my published books (Kat On A Hot Tin Roof in the Secrets Volume 30 anthology) have been solely published electronically. Buying a dedicated eReader that’s easy on my eyes and makes purchasing eBooks scary-easy was always gonna be on the cards sooner or later. (Cue buying myself a Kindle for Christmas *VBG*)

Does this mean I now only read eBooks?

No way. You’re talking to the woman who used to have one book in her handbag, one in her car, and one on her bedside cabinet, so she always had something to read. Being able to read books on my iPhone or Kindle has just given me a whole heap more options, that’s all. (I’m a big fan of having more options.) I’m still a huge fan of print books — for an author, there’s nothing more amazing and humbling than holding your own book in your hands, seeing your name on that shiny black cover, running your hands over Jimmy Thomas’s bare chest…. Ah. Yeah. Sorry ’bout that ;-)

But back to eBooks.

To celebrate “Read an eBook Week”, I’m enrolling two of my eBooks in the “Smashwords Read an eBook Week Promotion”.

From midnight Pacific time March 4th, to midnight Pacific time March 10thLIGHTNING RIDER and my RWNZ Clendon Award winning book THE CRYSTAL WARRIOR will be 75% off at Smashwords — that is, when you apply the discount coupon, they’ll be discounted from the usual US$3.99 to US$1.00! (They’re both full-length novels, so I believe this is a great deal.)

Click this link to my author page on Smashwords to find out more about these books — I’ll advise the coupon code for each book, and post them here as soon as they’re generated, so watch this space.




Here’s the low-down on how the promotion is going to work:

“At one minute past midnight Pacific time on March 4, a special Read an Ebook Week promotion catalog will appear on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories.  At the stoke of midnight Pacific time on March 10, the catalog disappears.

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.”

What that means is you can’t use the coupon codes to buy Smashwords books direct from other retailers that Smashwords distributes to such as iTunes, B&N, Sony, Diesel eBooks etc. You can only use the Smashword coupon codes to buy discounted books enrolled in the promotion from the Smashwords website.

If you’re not familiar with Smashwords, and you have an eReader and are worried about formats, don’t be: the vast majority of Smashwords authors opt to publish their books in a range of electronic formats, meaning you can read Smashwords books on your PC, Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo Reader etc etc. Plus, once you’ve purchased the book, you can download it in multiple formats — epic win!

Here’s the range of formats Smashwords provide:

  • HTML & JavaScript
  • Kindle (.mobi)
  • Epub (Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo & most e-reading apps)
  • PDF
  • RTF
  • LRF (older Sony Readers)
  • Palm Doc (PDB)
  • Plain Text

And if you’ve already read the two books I’ve enrolled in this promotion, I hope you’ll find loads of other great discounted reads at Smashwords!




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2 Responses to “Celebrating Read an eBook Week with huge discounts!”

  1. Dannie Hill says:

    It’s great that you are offering such a deal on your great books! I hope you have great success with this promo.

    I always loved holding a book in my hand– still do. But then I moved to Thailand and the selection of English books wasn’t always to my liking and postage was more than the price of the book when I ordered from the States. So I got a Kindle, actually my son bought me one– bless him. Now I love ebooks. I can take them anywhere and they’re just a click away when buying.

    Readers really should take advantage of getting your books, Maree. They are worth the read!

    • Dannie — thank you so very much for your kind comment about my books!

      And I know what you mean about print books. They can be sooo expensive once you add on the postage–even for shipping locally. Plus when you factor in the horrendously high cost of print books in New Zealand…. Ouch. So it’s cheaper for me to buy my Secrets anthology from The Book Depository in the UK and get it shipped to NZ for free than it is for me to order the same book from a NZ shop. How sad is that?

      I had to buy 10 for promo purposes, so I couldn’t afford to pay the shipping through Amazon or B&N, and The Book Depository’s free shipping and reasonable cost per unit was a huge factor in my choice. Mind you, then it cost me $19 to post just one book overseas to a contest winner. Yikes.

      Actually, The Book Depository might be a good option for you if you do want to source print books. They ship anywhere in the world for free :)