Do you have a promotion in place? Planning one for the future?
Librarians - create buttons for your staff that say "I Read E-Books, Do You?" or "Ask Me About E-Books"
Here's a really cool idea!
Schedule an e-book Meet-Up in your area. Arrange a local meeting place where experienced iPhone, cell phone, PDA users, etc. can help newbies learned how to read on their hand-held electronics. Meet new people and have fun at the same time!
OR ... how about a FLASH MOB where everyone reads a book on their device - be it a phone or an e-book reader!
Or, why not...
Tweet links to the e-books you read during Read an E-Book Week at #ebookweek
Start a fan page or group on Face-book so people can share e-book choices
Plan a segment on internet radio
Do an interview on a tv or radio morning talk show
Do a library display
Schedule a reading at a school
Set up a challenge read on your blog
Encourage your local paper to do an article on e-books - as the Washington City Paper recently did.
Check out the page of Banners and Ads we've prepared for Read an E-Book Week!
What are you doing to promote e-books?
What webmasters can do:
We have promotional banners for you! Please inquire if you are interested, and we can arrange to send a banner for your website.
As March approaches, talk to your friends about e-books, especially good books you've read—there is no surer way to get others to check out e-books than from a friend's recommendation. One e-book reader has started a challenge read on her blog.
Also, look for ways to introduce the concept of e-books to others. Library events, reading clubs, and literary groups are excellent places to start. If you have something to show them, such as an e-book on a dedicated reader, or a handheld computer, by all means show them off, and demonstrate how easy it is to read and use.
Remember, children are always interested in new things, and are not yet ingrained with previous generations' love affair with paper. Show e-books to children. You will find they are quite comfortable with the idea of reading on digital screens and manipulating electronic devices. They are the readers of the future, and the sooner you get them on the e-book bandwagon, the sooner their parents will be buying their first e-books for them, reading e-books to them, and eventually checking out e-books for themselves.
And most importantly, support e-books yourself by buying them! Seek out your favorite authors, and see if they have e-book versions of their books available. Look for new authors and material—you'll be continually surprised at how much there is out there. Don't be afraid to try new authors, new genres, and even new writing styles—this is a new medium, and it's still finding its sea-legs. Don't be afraid to contact those new authors, either—they'd love to hear from you, and they can use the support.
Finally, e-book authors:
Help us to support your habit! Think about things you can do to support Read an E-Book Week. Offer special promotions on your books—speak up in public venues about the strengths of e-books—or arrange local events with others. Know of a good way to promote e-books, but can't do it yourself? Tell someone else about it! Heck, we'd love to hear about it! And maybe we can help find someone who can do it for you!