World Book Night (WBN), an annual celebration of reading and books, was established last year in the UK, and this year is coming to the US. The concept of WBN is simple: give free books to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity or motivation to read them. On April 23, 2012, thousands of volunteers across America will pass out bestselling books from a list preselected by WNG organizers (see below), hoping to promote printed books, libraries, bookstores and literacy. Sounds great, right? You can sign up to be a volunteer here.
Volunteers will receive 20 free copies of their selected book, which they are then responsible for distributing on April 23. Initially I had some difficulty coming up with places where I could distribute my books. But then I realized that I could take the books with me throughout the course of my day — to the gym, the bank, Starbucks, the restaurant where I work — and drop a few copies off to people along the way. As far as volunteering goes, that’s about as easy as it gets.
“The goal is to give books to new readers, to encourage reading, to share your passion for a great book. The entire publishing, bookstore, library, author, printing, and paper community is behind this effort with donated services and time. And with a million free World Book Night paperbacks!” (WBN website)
Below is the list of WBN paperbacks available for distribution:
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