Or at least it was an international festival; this year it snuck up on me so quietly that I can't say for sure who is participating. I know that I will be participating, of course, and Smashwords is once again a sponsor of Read an eBook Week. A quick look on Goodreads and KBoards has revealed that there are any number of authors who are joining in the fun by putting their ebooks up for sale.
Smashwords has launched a page just for this event , and it has details on where readers can find free ebooks - just so long as you don't want to get those free ebooks in the Kindle Store. For more information, check out the Read an eBook Week Facebook page or the Smashwords page.