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A Kindle and Nook Un-Contest

By Steven Pressfield | Published: June 1, 2011

Two weeks from today, The Profession goes on sale. We were thinking about having a contest with prizes to celebrate, but we decided that was much too complicated. So instead we’re giving away stuff without a contest.

An Un-Contest

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The two grand prizes—attorneys, take note: they’re not really “prizes”—are a Nook (WiFi) and a Kindle (WiFi), both to be loaded with the Random House Pressfield library: The Profession, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign and Killing Rommel.

Then we’ll throw in six signed first editions of The Profession to a lucky half dozen plucked from those who don’t get the Kindle or Nook. This is all as a thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered or simply stuck with the blog throughout the buildup to publication—and to every friend who has blogged or tweeted or Facebooked or just told their brother-in-law about this new book.

Enter your name and contact information before midnight this Friday, EST. We’ll keep this simple. I’ll assemble a list of the names, blindfold myself and pick eight at random, then announce the winners next Wednesday on the blog. I’ll contact the winners for their mailing addresses. The Kindle and Nook winners will get their e-readers by mail and their book downloads by e-mail (the Nook winner will get an eBook gift certificate from Barnes & Noble).

I’ll send the signed first editions myself. I’d give more but I’m the one who has to pack them and schlep them to the post office, so half a dozen will have to be enough. Any more would become Resistance.

Buy The Profession!

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80 Responses to “A Kindle and Nook Un-Contest”

  1. June 1, 2011 at 4:28 am

    What a great opportunity… just finished Killing Rommel and looking forward to The Profession.

    Thanks for the un-contest!

  2. John
    June 1, 2011 at 6:44 am

    Hey Mr. Pressfield,

    You need to get down here to Ft. Campbell KY and visit a bunch of Screaming Eagles who think the world of you. In Afghanistan Your books were passed amongst my squad and helped tremendously with moral and to instill and even greater fighting spirit in all of us.
    You have spent enough time with the Leather Necks. Come give the grunts a try lol

    Soldier In Afghanistan

    • Kristin Kline
      June 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm

      I have been collecting Screaming Eagles military antiques for years…nice to finally meet one. 🙂

  3. June 1, 2011 at 6:51 am

    You have all been so generous already — but I can’t pass up the opportunity. I’m tossing my name in the helmet. Thanks yet again!

  4. David Strom
    June 1, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Very cool. Looking forward to a great book! Thanks for the un contest.

  5. June 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Hi Steven .. great idea and wonderful array of prizes .. so in advance congratulations who wins this fantastic set and the goodies to read them on.

    Appreciate the opportunity .. cheers Hilary

  6. Loni McIntosh
    June 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Thank you! Can’t wait to read it!!

  7. June 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

    What a great thing to do. I love your writing and am grateful for this chance to participate here. Thanks for all you do.

  8. June 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

    What perfect timing for The Profession. I read “Gates of Fire” while researching a novel I wrote (not yet published) about two brothers, one a SEAL and the other a private military contractor working for CIA. “Gates” is required reading in those communities, and I’m sure this next book will resonate too. Keep it up! “Do the Work” arrived at a perfect time for me as I press ahead with a sequel. Thanks.

  9. June 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Amazing give-aways.

  10. Roger
    June 1, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Too stinking cool. I keep putting off buying an e-reader hoping to win one some day. 🙂

  11. June 1, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I’ve been hoping to get an ereader for a long time. Thanks for giving us a chance!

  12. June 2, 2011 at 5:00 am

    Thanks for your great insight. The contest is awesome and I like the idea of the “un-contest.” Seriously, your material has severely challenged my thinking. Thank you!

  13. June 2, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Wow. So glad I get your posts in my inbox. LOL Please count me in!

  14. June 2, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
    Which is actually making it difficult to type!

  15. JT Ellison
    June 2, 2011 at 7:01 am

    You’re an easy person to support, Steven. You’re one of the most giving writers I’ve ever seen. Can not wait for The Profession. Blessings!

  16. June 2, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I love un-contests! 🙂 Your blog is wonderful, so helpful…

  17. skip
    June 2, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Best Wishes for a successful launch for “The Profession” !!!………..S/F…….sr

  18. Sonja Eaton
    June 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I am a huge fan! And appreciate all that you do, especially your Writing Wednesdays! Count me in.

  19. Amy Dendy
    June 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks 4 the opportunity to access an ereader

  20. June 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    wow, thank you! that’s very generous! i can’t wait to read the profession.

  21. JB Kohl
    June 2, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    This is an awesome un-contest! An e-reader with books to boot. SWEET!

  22. Steve Lovelace
    June 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I like the idea of giving stuff away, especially ever since I read Seth Godin’s Linchpin. This was my first exposure to the idea of a “gift economy”. I like the idea of wealth, true wealth, being a measure of what you can give away, not what you can hoard. I recently came to accept such altruism recently, when my laptop was stolen from my hands as I wrote on the patio of my local Starbucks. I couldn’t afford another computer, but I had a friend who evidently had several laptops to spare. He hooked me up with a new laptop that was nicer than my stolen one. It was hard to accept the gift at first. I felt like a welfare case. But eventually I took it. Now I use it everyday, and I’m always seeking to give back to other people, even if I don’t have the financial resources to be as generous as I’d like.

  23. June 2, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Generous! Thank you!

  24. Steven Pubins
    June 3, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Resistance got me. I read your blog and put my name in the hat. Now, back to work!

  25. Janice
    June 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    thank you for this opportunity. Looking forward to the book and maybe the win! Enjoy your day.

  26. Jeanne
    June 3, 2011 at 7:28 am

    What a lovely thing to do – an uncontest with unprizes.

  27. Karilee Joseph
    June 3, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Perfect ! A giveaway my Soldier husband and I could both enjoy ! Thanks so much !

  28. LuAnn
    June 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Hoping to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  29. laurie blum
    June 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

    What wonderful book choices and awesome prizes to win!

  30. Jennifer McGaha
    June 3, 2011 at 7:38 am

    This is a great un-contest with Father’s Day just around the corner and all <3 Thank you for this!

  31. Jennifer
    June 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Perfect, I have been dreaming of sitting poolside reading some good books.

  32. June 3, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Amazing! Thanks for the chance at these great ‘prizes’ that are not prizes!

  33. cathi carpenter
    June 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I’m in Roger’s mindset too! I keep putting off buying or putting it on my “wish list” of things…. sigh! Hope I win…. 🙂

  34. June 3, 2011 at 8:02 am

    thanks for the opportunity to win!

  35. Katie A.
    June 3, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  36. Ruthie B
    June 3, 2011 at 8:34 am

    what a great contest…thanks for the chance!

  37. Desiree
    June 3, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Thanks! Love the uncontest!

  38. Lillian Lane
    June 3, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I love contests, so I love uncontests, too. My fingers are crossed.

  39. Claudette
    June 3, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Wonderful idea. Books and readers-hope I win one.

  40. Nancy Foulke
    June 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Would love to win one of these!

  41. Michelle C
    June 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Wow! What an awesome un-contest! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Elizabeth
    June 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Thank for the giveaway!

  43. June 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hi Steven

    I love everything you do, and I can’t resist putting my name in the pot as well.

    Thanks for sharing!


  44. June 3, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for the new book can’t wait.

  45. June 3, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Thanks for this great opportunity. If I win, I can loan all my hard copies o your books to friends now…

  46. June 3, 2011 at 10:09 am


    Pick ME!

  47. June 3, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Awesome! You’re an inspiring guy, Steven. Thanks for this. 🙂

  48. June 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Terrific, for me the value is in your back catalogue. I dropped Gates of Fire in the bath the other night 🙁 it was well worn. Can’t imagine the Nook drying out nicely on the radiator 😉

  49. Athena Murphy
    June 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I have listened to “Do the Work” every morning since I got the book about a month ago.

    Between DtW and “War of Art” Stephen Pressfield has finally accomplished what no one else on earth could do… making me into a real adult!

    Thank you so much for everything your writing contributes to my life and work on a daily basis. And that’s whether I win the freebies or not!

  50. Amanda
    June 3, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I would love to have one of these, I read so much that we’re running out of space to keep books! Great giveaway, thanks for doing it.