Have you ever loved a book so much that you can't wait to give it away to others to read?
World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books held on 23rd April 2012 which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading. In total, 1,00,000 books will be given out in the UK, Ireland, Germany and the USA.
Every year a panel picks a diverse list of 25 books and many special edition copies are printed for volunteers to apply to give out 20 copies of their chosen book from the list that they pick up from their local bookshop or library. The aim of it is to reach and inspire those people who have never discovered the joy and value of reading.
A selection of year's books:
The books include:
The Book Thief by Markus Kusak
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopoholic by Sophie Kinsella
They were chosen by 'chosen by a committee of passionate advocates for reading chosen from librarians, booksellers, authors, the media and two of last year's givers. The committee was chaired by bestselling author Tracy Chevalier.' (As taken from World Book Night website.)
Although it is too late to volunteer to hand out the books this year, you can still sign up to the mailing list here to receive an early notification for signing up next year.
To get involved you could look out for promotion in your local area to find out where books are being given away and help or join in with spreading the word about the night on Facebook or on Twitter with the hashtag #worldbooknight.
Or why not just make an extra effort to give some recommendations to your non or reluctant reader friends in in the spirit of the event?
To celebrate World Book Night, all our Kindle e-books are available at the bargain price of 98p on Amazon! You can find a list of them here. Happy reading!