Saturday, 5 March 2011

World Book Night!

Tonight is World Book Night!


This is a really special event during which one million books will be given away, isn't that amazing? :-) 25 titles were chosen and special editions have been printed of each. Many will be given away by the organisers, but members of the public were also invited to be involved by applying to give away 48 copies each - and I was lucky enough to be one of those chosen!


So I went to this beautiful location to collect my box of books - I never knew this building even existed fairly near where I live! It's a library, though not the nearest to us (for some reason, even though our library was helping to distribute the books, mine were sent to a library further away - but I stopped minding when I realised how that had helped me to discover this building! Just imagine this being your library?)


And then I brought home my 48 copies of Case Histories by Kate Atkinson, ready to start giving them out today. I'll hand out many of them to people I know (and don't know!) locally, but I've set aside a few copies for you, dear readers! The precise number may depend on how many I manage to give away locally today, but I'll be giving away at least 10 copies to commenters on this post. If you'd like to receive one, please say so in your comment and I'll put your name in the draw :-)


The idea of the project is that the books will be passed on to as many people as possible, so it would be lovely if you gave the book on to someone else after reading and encouraged them to do the same, though this isn't a requirement and there's certainly no need to offer it on your blog (unless you'd like to!) - giving it to your mother, sister, daughter, friend, neighbour or anyone else you know would be fine :-) Each book has a unique reference number so that they can be tracked on the World Book Night website or on Bookcrossing (I love the idea of tracking each book's journey!)

So, don't forget to specify in your comment that you'd like to be in the draw - you've got till 5pm GMT tomorrow (6th March) and I'll announce the winners as soon as possible after that time. Good luck!

*** Edited to say: Comments are now closed; winners will be announced later this evening ***

24 comments:

Ruth said...

Count me in, please! DH tells me that he's won a box of about 25 books, so I'm sure some or all will end up being given away ~ it's such a great idea. Sian was ahead of the curve!

jordiegirl said...

Wow lovely that you discovered that library building because they sent the books there - it looks like a really nice building.

Do count me in the draw thanks, I'd appreciate a chance to win.

We didn't do dress up at our school today for World Book Day and we usually do - not sure why that was.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Hi Mel ~ I would love to have my name in for the draw. This is such a great idea, and I'm happy that you were chosen to participate in this way!

:o) And now that I've heard your voice through Skype I could almost hear you saying the words as I read your post. Love that!!! xo

K said...

How very cool! Please could you put me in the draw, the book sounds v.interesting & the cover is sooooooo much nicer than the one I saw on Amazon :-)

Cheri said...

Mel - that building is gorgeous. I can totally see the fascination! And how lucky for you that you get the joy of passing out 4 dozen copies of this book! That is so cool!

I would love to be included in the drawing! And of course if I am lucky enough to get one, I'll be passing it on via my blog!

Tania A said...

Love your photos! You have a great eye, put my name down for the draw too please :)

jo said...

I would love to be included in your draw - and I have a very dear friend who is also a bookworm to whom I could pass it onto. We pass books between ourselves and then they end up et the doctors surgery where she works for the staff book swap (place a book inot the box and take a different one out etc)

Heather said...

Hi Mel please include me in the draw too! I read books that my Mum passes to me after her little circle of friends have had their turn first :) Then they go to charity shops but if I won one of yours then I would have it back & pass on via my blog xx

Melissa said...

Definitely include me in the draw Mel! What a wonderful fun event.

Mary B said...

What a lovely idea please count me in too. Wow indeed to that library looks very similar to some of the building in Old town where I live.
Which reminds me I need a photograph of one of them next time I up the top of town.

Lizzie said...

What a lovely building, Mel - I bet you'll be going back there again, now you know about it.

Somehow, this year I have managed to completely miss all the "World Book Day" stuff completely. Too embroiled in everything else that's been going on, I suppose! Even J's school seem to have forgotten all about it, except for the visiting Book Fair that will be there next week.

Ah well, but I would like to try for one of your Giveaway books, thanks.

Enjoy your reading!

Clair said...

Don't worry about counting me in the draw - maybe I can just borrow your copy?

Love the idea of World Book Night - I remember seeing the details just after the entry for giveaways closed. If I had my choice, I'd make everyone read The Time Traveller's Wife or His Dark Materials.

Which, of course, you can borrow any time you like x

Kirsty.a said...

What a beautiful building. I've read Case Histories (it's a great read BTW) and my husband also came home with one of those special editions from school yesterday so we have 2 copies. Don't put me in the draw.

Karen said...

This is a holiday we never hear about here. I already own Case Histories, but haven't read it yet. That is one stunning building!

Louisa-Jane said...

I tried commenting warlier but my phone didn't like me so I though I'd just come back again now...I would love a new book to read and pass along! Sounds like fun. :P

Debbie said...

I got a copy of Dissolution today while at the leisure centre for DS's swimming lessons! Would love a copy of this too is I'm allowed!!

Sandra said...

What a lovely thing to be involved in, I can't think of anyone better.

mise said...

You were one of the chosen ones, Mel; well done! And what a fine book to give away - it's one I enjoyed very much. Plaudits on your good work.

Amy said...

Have great fun giving these away Mel - I can just imagine the surprise on the faces of total strangers having you bound up to them and enthusiastically placing a book in their hands! I'd also love to be included :-)

Tracey said...

Wow - that's such a great idea to spread the joy of words ... how fantastic to be involved!! :)

helena said...

what fun to be giving out the books. Please include me in the draw.

Fantastic library building, and that it is still a library

Sian said...

An excellent book choice! I have all the Kate Atkinson's and have enjoyed every one - you could probably guess that her style would be something I'd enjoy! Best of luck with your distribution - and really is there anything better in the world than a big boxful of books?

The library I worked in looked like that. It's a Carnegie.

debs14 said...

Me me me! Please let me one of the chosen ten! I' near the end of the book I am reading and need something new!

Jimjams said...

Love the chance to read a real World Book day book - so the chance to (briefly) own one would be fab - fingers crossed :)