World Book Night – April 23, 2014

Why does World Book Night exist?

Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.

Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.

There will also be several kickoff events. Quite a few authors, including Tobias Wolff and Walter Dean Myers, will be at the New York Public Library on April 22 from 6:30 to 8pm.

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World Book Night

What is World Book Night?

For the past two years independent organization World Book Night has been promoting the joy of reading for those who do not have access to books. Every level of publishing professional joins together to make this philanthropic endeavor a reality. On April 23, 2014, thousands of people will receive free books due to the careful planning of the WBN staff.

How does it work?

  • A panel made of independent librarians and booksellers meet and select 30 books appropriate for this project, both classics and new novels, some in Spanish.
  •  Authors agree to forgo royalties for books selected for this project
  • Publishers print special editions of the books selected and pay all the costs of production
  • Members of the public (vetted by application) hand out copies of the books in their community
  • People read!

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Link of the Week: World Book Night

Today, April 23, 2012, is World Book Night, a fantastic worldwide event held in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. World Book Night is an annual celebration intended to share a love of reading and books. Through World Book Night, tens of thousands of people spread the joy and love associated with reading to people in their communitities. Social media is also an effective way to reach out to people and inspire them to appreciate the value of reading, traditional printed books, and brick-and-mortar bookstores and libraries. April 23 also happens to be Shakespeare’s birth and death date, which makes today a great day to celebrate the written word.