I don't know if you've ever heard of Goodreads. To use a simple analogy, it's kind of like Facebook for authors and readers. (Though, to my knowledge Goodreads doesn't have a rapidly declining market capitalization.)
I believe my friend Donna turned me on to the site about six months ago. So I created a profile. This is me, if you want to "friend" me here. But I didn't really know what to do with it.
And then super-agent Janet Reid, the source of so much of my knowledge about the publishing biz (truly, I so owe this woman a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates) mentioned it in her blog yesterday, and talked about "giveaways."
So I did a little research. As it turns out, authors can sign up to give away a number of copies of their books. Interested readers put their name "in the hat." And when the "contest" ends, the folks at Goodreads pick the winner(s). Then it's up to the author to mail it.
The hope (though not a requirement) is that those who enter will put the book on their "to-read" list, and the winners will post a review.
I am offering two copies of Scrappy Information Security and two copies of BUGS, up until July 1. So far -- after less than 24 hours -- I have 61 and 26 interested parties, respectively.
I'm sure an update will follow. If you're interested, please click on one or both links, and sign up.