Thursday, December 9, 2010

World Book Night: The 1,000,000 Book Giveaway

Twenty thousand avid readers across Ireland and the U.K. will give out a million books on the evening of Saturday, March World Book Night 5th, in what is being billed by organizers as “the largest book give-away ever attempted.” World Book Night, as the event has been called, will come two days after World Book Day, a UNESCO-backed international celebration of books that takes place each year in more than a hundred countries.

Chosen by an independent editorial committee, the 25 titles have been picked from a poll of favorite books from across the book industry. The final selection offers a wide array of outstanding books encompassing all types of fiction: historical, literary, young adult, crime, as well as poetry, history and memoir.

An army of 20,000 volunteers will give away most of the one million books on World Book Night. The book-giver application asks three main questions:

  1. Which book from the 25 selections would you most like to give?
  2. Why have you chosen this book?
  3. Who would you give your copies to?

The Books
Here are the 25 book selections chosen for World Book Night:

Redmond Library Board

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