Original art work by K.A. M'Lady & P.M. Dittman

Welcome to the UK Staging area for Operation E-Book Drop: Free E-books for Coalition Forces

On 6th September, Ed Patterson, author of the Jade Owl Legacy Series, put up a post on KindleBoards, effectively launching Operation E-Book Drop. To date, over 250 authors have now signed up to OEBD, to offer free e-Book editions of their books to troops servings overseas in zones of conflict.

As Mark Coker of Smashwords says: '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.'

Here, we launch the UK contribution to OEBD, aiming to support UK and other national troops in the field with access to a broad range down-loadable books.

Please read a welcome post from Ed Patterson
And refer to the following post for participation details

Monday, 16 November 2009

Operation E-book Drop…. An opening comment from the UK-side...

*** Caution: this post may contain politically incorrect comments, but made in good humour! (or is that humor?) ***

Now here is one fantastic idea! Authors contributing their books, free, to troops serving overseas.

OK, so OEBD is a US-led initiative (nothing at all wrong with that!), using US delivery platforms like Kindle e-Books and Smashwords. But, the internet is democratic, indiscriminating and accessible in some of the weirdest places – including zones of conflict – Afghanistan, for example.

Now, speaking purely as an ex-serving officer, with twenty years service in the Air Force, including a good few with NATO, I had no hesitation in personally deciding to opt into the “Operation E-book Drop project”. However, the very nature of the programme got me to thinking.

Clearly, some of the US-troops out there might baulk at my spelling. The title of my own book “River of Judgement” apparently contains a glaring typographical error that has upset at least one US citizen in another network posting, in another social world! (Two nations separated by a common language.) But, at the moment, in overseas zones like Afghanistan, there are a great many non-US and US military serving together, and it struck me that we needed more participation in this project by UK-focussed authors. Who knows (tongue-in-cheek), if we can help our lads and lasses with “English” English books, we may even help the Americans with some of their own spellings!

Joking aside, I believe anything we can do to improve the lot of all coalition troops serving overseas in zones of conflict, we should do.

At the time of this post, I have started to work with Ed Patterson, in developing UK participation in OEBD. This blog is about that participation, and I welcome the participation of UK-based authors and UK troops alike. But, as I mentioned, this is a democratic, indiscriminate place, and I hope this “zone” of focus is also of interest to others – particularly those of our US colleagues (military and authors) who may have a (secret?) passion to learn more about books in our English!

To learn how you can become involved, check out the US-links for full background info, and follow the Intro post for further details on how to participate.

My best wishes to you all, wherever you may be.

1 comment:

  1. David - hello. I read your blog with interest - especially about the language differences "across the pond". However, I'm in a bit of a quandry as I speak neither "English" English or "Yank" English. I speak Texan. What's a girl to do...?

    Whatever version of English we write in, may it all carry our heartfelt sentiments to the troop away from home.

    All my best