The following information is from the World Book Night website (click here).
World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. In 2012, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany.
An independent panel of booksellers and librarians selects the books, using lists curated by experts in the bookselling and library world. All of the information comes from external, independent sources. Additionally, each year, givers from the previous year’s World Book Night nominate books for the panel to consider. We print a total of half a million books, and the book givers take these special paperback editions out into their communities in search of light or non-readers. The authors of these books have agreed to waive royalties in order for us to be able to afford to print the free World Book Night editions.
World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don’t regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It’s about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways—through the sharing of stories.
This year's books to give away are:
Each year on April 23rd, 25,000 passionate readers spread the love of reading by sharing free World Book Night U.S. paperbacks within their communities. The volunteer book givers each personally hand out 20 books to light or non-readers across America. That's half a million books shared on one day!
Would you like to take part in this and give books? Then click here for more information on how you can share your love of reading - or you can donate to this non-profit to aid their efforts (click here.)