Reading proficiency is an essential skill in almost every job today. Millions of people enjoy reading for pleasure far beyond what is required or their jobs. Some say there is no better activity than curling up in a cozy chair to relax reading a new novel or revisiting an old favorite book friend. Others nightly relax in bed and doze off with a book propped in their lap (with or without a cat there, too). Now you can join the thousands of World Book Night givers and spread the love of reading for free.
World Book Night U.S. is a nationwide initiative, with the involvement of authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians, and, above all, readers.
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.
April 23 is the UNESCO International Day of the Book, as well as Shakespeare’s birthday. It was also chosen in honor of Miguel de Cervantes, who died on April 23, 1616 (the same day as Shakespeare). In the Catalan region of Spain, the day is celebrated by giving a book and a flower to a loved one.
World Book Night was the product of a round table discussion at London’s Book Industry Conference in May 2010, the purpose of which was to imagine a way to encourage more adults to read. What better way to spread a love for reading than to inspire passionate readers to go out into their communities and share copies of their favorite books with those who don’t regularly read? Giving is an incredibly powerful part of our culture—and culture, art, and a writers’ talent are all themselves ‘gifts’.
World Book Night was first celebrated in the UK and Ireland in 2011; in 2012, it was also celebrated in the USA and Germany.
To become a book giver all you have to do is fill out a short form choose three possible books you want to distribute, and agree to the simple terms. You must be 16 years old, and agree not o sell the books. They are intended or people who are emerging readers, to encourage them to read more, develop a deeper love of reading, and pass the books along to more people to read.
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