This video is two years old, but it is still the best video explanation of World Book Night that I have found.
Last year I wrote several giddy posts about World Book Night. You can catch up by reading them, here and here and here and here.
World Book Night is simply the most amazing book initiative, ever.
Imagine free books, hundreds of thousands of free books, being given out with no purpose other than to share the love of reading.
And the best part? YOU can be a giver. (I’ve been fortunate to be chosen for the last two years.) Each giver will be handed a box of 20 books to give away on World Book Night on April 23, 2014.
I know it sounds too wonderful to be true, but don’t be skeptical. I have done this for two years, and the program is amazing.
From their website:
How it works:
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.
And so …. here we go with World Book Night, 2014!
Imagine all the authors, publishers, book stores, etc, that go together to make this amazing event possible. Wow, huh?
Tomorrow evening, October 23, this year’s books will be announced. You can watch this event, live, by visiting their website. Shortly after, you will be able to apply to be a giver.
Just apply, and wait. If chosen, you will select a place near you to pick up your books. And then, on World Book Night, just give them away. Easy, breezy. The organizers are amazing.
I’ll be sure to provide all links on this blog.
World Book Night!!! Spread the word and share your love of reading.