World Book Night 2014

I didn’t know what World Book Night was when I moved to the UK two years ago, but I found the idea of it to be terribly exciting. Basically, inspired readers go out into the night and hand out copies of pre-selected books, donated by publishers, to reluctant or non readers. What could be better, right? As for the WORLD part of World Book Night, well it only takes place in the United Kingdom and United States. That’s probably why I didn’t know about it.


While united in the cause of spreading the love of reading, the UK and US have a different selection of books to hand out. On the UK side I am particularly excited by the following books.

  • The Humans by Matt Haig
  • The Perfect Murder by Peter James
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • The Boy with the Top Knot by Sathnam Sanghera

On the American side of things, I want to give a shout out to my blogging compatriots. Way to go book lovers!

Good luck to all and if you have a World Book Night story you’d like to share I’d love to hear about it!


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  2. Checking out the website for the first time… I’m so curious about the application… like how do you prove that you’ll reach non-readers? Are you supposed to ask people whether they usually read or not?

    I also had no idea this was a publisher-lead project. I thought it was kind of grassroots. It’s basically a marketing thing (not that that is good or bad… but it is marketing/PR)

  3. Yeah, publisher lead, but still a good thing. I don’t know how you prove that you’ll get to non-readers. I was turned down the first time I applied. And quite frankly, i think when you are standing at a busy intersection and handing out books, the readers are naturally attracted. I mean, wouldn’t you be? The other problem is that it seems that it is all of us dedicated readers who are talking about it. No need to preach to the choir!

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