This is reposted from my old blog. I’ve imported the whole post, comments and all, into a single space here. I’ve listed it here under its original date.
E-book Authors Supporting the Troops
Monday, November 23, 2009
I just read an article about something my friend Malcolm Campbell is involved in,sending download coupons for e-books to deployed troops. I thought it such a great idea that I wanted to give a little plug to the whole project here.
The project started when writer Ed Patterson was chatting with a soldier in the field. The soldier mentioned the difficulty he had getting reading material for hisAmazon Kindle Reader. The Kindle currently offers users the ability to get an amazing array of reading material at very reasonable prices — for those in the US. The Kindle can’t be bought from an overseas account on Amazon (trust me, I know….), and if you buy one while in the US and take it overseas, you won’t be able to access the network. The soldier, then, had a great product for keeping lots of reading material, but no means of updating his library. Patterson decided to email a copy of his own e-books to the soldier.
That’s already quite a nice thing to do, but Patterson didn’t stop there. He began rallying other e-book writers to send e-books to deployed troops all over the world. My friend Malcolm, author of The Sun Singer and two Jock Stewart books, has joined in the program as well. According to the article linked above, 60 people have already requested the code for downloading his books.
As Malcolm states in the article, this is a project independent of an author’s view of the war. It isn’t about supporting a political decision, but about supporting the individuals whose lives are dictated by the decisions made. I’m really glad to hear that Malcolm and other writers like him are doing this, and hope it will continue to expand.
© 2009 Shelly Bryant