This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
We have used and are using Maven on multiple projects with developers in multiple locations and we are quite impressed. It takes a little learning to get used to jelly, etc, but once you get it, you are hooked. I think Ant is great, but I don't ever plan on using it again. Take the leap and use maven, you won't look back.