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Giving away books on World Book Night – April 23, 2012

Do I even need to say anything to encourage you to do this?

We need 50,000 book-loving volunteers to fan out across America on April 23, 2012! Just take 20 free copies of a book to a location in your community, and you just might change someone’s life.

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!

The first World Book Night was held in the UK last year, and it was such a big success that it’s spreading around the world! Please volunteer to be a book giver in the U.S. Sign up now to be a book giver. Read more about World Book Night on this site, from the free book list to the FAQs. Thank you!

Here’s the website.

If you were going to give away books to non or light readers, where would you start? What book would you press into someone’s hands?


12 Responses to “Giving away books on World Book Night – April 23, 2012”

  1. jenn aka the picky girl ()

    I signed up as soon as I heard it was opening in the US. I so hope I get picked. I don’t live in a particularly literary area, so it would be perfect.


  2. Caitlin ()

    Thanks for posting this. I just signed up and posted about it. What a lovely thing to get to do.


  3. Virginia

    What an awesome thing!! Definitely signing up!! I would have a hard time picking one book. There are so many good ones to recommend!


  4. Steph

    It looks like the books on offer are broadly sampled throughout the fiction spectrum, which is nice to see. I do wonder at some of the extremely commercial blockbusters (like The Hunger Games), because I would imagine people are already well aware of those, but I suppose the goal here is to get a book (of any kind!) into someone’s hands and hope they read it. If I were to pick one, I’d likely go with The History of Love by Nicole Krauss because I legitimately did love that book when I read it!


  5. Wendy ()

    I’ve registered!!! Thanks for letting us know about this, Trish 🙂


  6. Jessica ()

    This sounds amazing! But now I’m having an internal battle as to which book I would pick. What to do what to do?! Right now, I’m thinking I’d love to pick I AM THE MESSENGER by Markus Zusak.


  7. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm ()

    I’ve never heard of this – what an amazing idea. I have no idea what book I’d pick. Maybe Little Princes. It’s inspiring, easy to read, and all about making a difference.


    trish Reply:

    I’ve heard so many good things about Little Princes! And some inspiration to make a difference is never a bad thing.


  8. Diane LaRue ()

    I signed up for this too! I hope I get chosen because two of my favorite books are on the list- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto. I’d hand them out at the subway stop near my home.


    trish Reply:

    Diane, those were two of the books I chose as well. I hope you get picked!


  9. J.C. Montgomery ()

    The used bookstore where I work is participating. We will be working with local groups in getting the books on their lists. I can’t wait to see all those books leave, knowing where they are going and why.


    trish Reply:

    That is so cool, JC! It *is* really cool to know that books are going out in the world to make a difference in someone’s life.


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