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    • jap200
    • By jap200 7th Jan 11, 1:05 PM
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    World Book Night: one million free books to give away - have you been selected?
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    • 7th Jan 11, 1:05 PM
    World Book Night: one million free books to give away - have you been selected? 7th Jan 11 at 1:05 PM
    http://www.worldbooknight.org/

    You can apply on the website to be a 'book giver' by chosing your favourite out of 25 books and writing (max 100 words) why you have chosen the book and then separately in 100 words who you would distribute them to.

    The closing date is 9am Monday 24th January (extended from previous deadline).

    20 000 people will be chosen to each receive 48 copies of their book (free!) to collect from either their local library or book shop on the week before 5th March (the date of World Book Night).

    Successful applicants will be contacted on 28th January.

    I've done my application - not telling you which one I chose though!
    Last edited by jap200; 01-02-2011 at 8:28 AM. Reason: Updating info.
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    • bubs
    • By bubs 29th Feb 12, 9:48 PM
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    Yay, I was chosen too. Not applied before. Mine are going to a local cancer charity where they provide a place to meet plus relaxation treatments. Am v happy, thanks again to the OP.
    • Miró
    • By Miró 16th Apr 12, 6:58 PM
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    Yay....just got the email to say my books have arrived at my collection point
    "Change is inevitable..........except from a vending machine"
    • LadyH
    • By LadyH 16th Apr 12, 7:56 PM
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    Hello. I'm new to this thread.

    I picked up my books - Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier - today, and just filling out the book plate page.
    • Chocmonster7
    • By Chocmonster7 16th Apr 12, 9:48 PM
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    I've had my email to say they will be ready for collection from tomorrow so looks like I'll be going out between the rain showers!
    • atarisrocks
    • By atarisrocks 17th Apr 12, 1:51 PM
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    collected mine today they were heavy now gotta find a way to keep 25 books in my work locker to give out to the employees
    prizes i would like to win
    holiday, car, festival tickets, snowboard equipment, tablet/laptop
    • Miró
    • By Miró 17th Apr 12, 2:44 PM
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    Yay, picked up my 24 copies of 'Misery' today. Nearly killed me carrying that heavy box the half mile home.....
    "Change is inevitable..........except from a vending machine"
    • moneypenny2k
    • By moneypenny2k 3rd Jan 13, 3:25 PM
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    World Book Night 2013 Free books for you and your friends
    I've just received an email asking me to sign up to World Book Night once again. It's a scheme where you get a box of books, all the same title, to give away

    From the website...
    World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift specially chosen and printed WBN books in their communities to share their love of reading.
    Each year we recruit 20,000 volunteers to hand out 20 copies of their favourite book from our list to members of their community who don’t regularly read. By enlisting thousands of passionate book lovers around the country World Book Night reaches out to the millions of people in the UK who have yet to fall in love with reading in the hope that we can start them on their reading journey. In addition World Book Night distributes half a million books directly to the hardest to reach potential readers in prisons, care homes, hospitals, sheltered, supported and social housing, the homeless and through partner charities working throughout the UK. 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.

    http://www.worldbooknight.org/about-world-book-night/apply-to-be-a-giver

    Each year I sign up, the idea is that you give the books free of charge to people who don't normally read. Mind you, I always keep one for myself

    So not just a freebie for you, one for a lot of other people too
    Last edited by moneypenny2k; 03-01-2013 at 3:28 PM.
    • moneypenny2k
    • By moneypenny2k 3rd Jan 13, 10:02 PM
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    OOOO we got a wow
    • Missli
    • By Missli 4th Jan 13, 8:58 AM
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    Thanks for posting. I would love to be involved. I hope I get picked!
    • snowleopard61
    • By snowleopard61 4th Jan 13, 9:35 AM
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    I think this is definitely 'Wow!' The only problem is that I don't really think any of my favourite books would appeal to people who aren't already keen readers. Do you find people usually try to choose books with more general appeal, or do you take it literally and give people your favourite book regardless?
    Life is mainly froth and bubble
    Two things stand like stone —
    Kindness in another’s trouble,
    Courage in your own.
    Adam Lindsay Gordon
    • snowleopard61
    • By snowleopard61 4th Jan 13, 9:40 AM
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    Sorry, I fired off the question before reading the website and FAQs
    Life is mainly froth and bubble
    Two things stand like stone —
    Kindness in another’s trouble,
    Courage in your own.
    Adam Lindsay Gordon
    • moneypenny2k
    • By moneypenny2k 4th Jan 13, 11:02 AM
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    I do tend to pick books I think people will find more accessible rather than worthy. The way to get people into reading is to give them access to books they find enjoyable. I've still got a copy of James Joyce's Ullyses on my shelf that I feel I should read but have never got past page 37.

    Also it's a nice thing to do for people, One year I just stood outside Tescos and gave the books to people that looked like they might enjoy them. I love random acts of kindness
    • snowleopard61
    • By snowleopard61 4th Jan 13, 11:34 AM
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    I do tend to pick books I think people will find more accessible rather than worthy. The way to get people into reading is to give them access to books they find enjoyable. I've still got a copy of James Joyce's Ullyses on my shelf that I feel I should read but have never got past page 37.

    Also it's a nice thing to do for people, One year I just stood outside Tescos and gave the books to people that looked like they might enjoy them. I love random acts of kindness
    Originally posted by moneypenny2k
    Ulysses, ohhhh yess! I wonder how many people have tried and failed to read this. Thankfully I only borrowed it from the library (more than once, I have to admit, and I never succeeded!).

    I've applied for WBN and put The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency as first choice. I reckon if that doesn't appeal to people, there's no hope! Someone gave it to me as a present and since then I've read my way through all the subsequently published books in the same series, plus Scotland Street, Isobel Dalhousie and Corduroy Mansions.

    Alexander McCall Smith sounds such a lovely man too. (It's worth checking out the Really Terrible Orchestra on YouTube, which he and his wife belong to. I heard about it and always assumed they would be actually quite good, just not up to professional standards. It was refreshing to find that they are genuinely pretty bad, like a fairly basic school orchestra!)
    Life is mainly froth and bubble
    Two things stand like stone —
    Kindness in another’s trouble,
    Courage in your own.
    Adam Lindsay Gordon
    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 4th Jan 13, 2:32 PM
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    Thanks moneypenny2k, I was only thinking of this last night in bed I've taken part the last 2 years & would love to do it again.
    Thanks everyone!
  • Madagascar
    Thanks moneypenny2k, have just registered for this, would love to be involved in something like this
    • kitschkitty
    • By kitschkitty 4th Jan 13, 3:33 PM
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    I've applied for WBN and put The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency as first choice. I reckon if that doesn't appeal to people, there's no hope! Someone gave it to me as a present and since then I've read my way through all the subsequently published books in the same series, plus Scotland Street, Isobel Dalhousie and Corduroy Mansions.

    Alexander McCall Smith sounds such a lovely man too. (It's worth checking out the Really Terrible Orchestra on YouTube, which he and his wife belong to. I heard about it and always assumed they would be actually quite good, just not up to professional standards. It was refreshing to find that they are genuinely pretty bad, like a fairly basic school orchestra!)
    Originally posted by snowleopard61
    My mums read them all but I'm afraid I find them a bit boring!
    But then we tend to read a lot of fantasy/comedy/sci-fi in our house - and other genres too, to be fair.
    A waist is a terrible thing to mind.
    • snowleopard61
    • By snowleopard61 4th Jan 13, 3:52 PM
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    My mums read them all but I'm afraid I find them a bit boring!
    Originally posted by kitschkitty
    I can see that they are really quite slow-moving. I've always had what some of my friends consider to be a strange preference for books where nothing happens!

    (I'd better stop talking about books as opposed to World Book Night; don't want to hijack the OP's thread but it's tempting!)
    Life is mainly froth and bubble
    Two things stand like stone —
    Kindness in another’s trouble,
    Courage in your own.
    Adam Lindsay Gordon
    • Savethekipper
    • By Savethekipper 4th Jan 13, 6:07 PM
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    I work in a Magistrates Court and regularly see people who just don't have the same opportunities as me. I have applied to do this in the hope of getting some books to hand out and just maybe get some of them back to reading.
    • moneypenny2k
    • By moneypenny2k 4th Jan 13, 8:47 PM
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    I can see that they are really quite slow-moving. I've always had what some of my friends consider to be a strange preference for books where nothing happens!

    (I'd better stop talking about books as opposed to World Book Night; don't want to hijack the OP's thread but it's tempting!)
    Originally posted by snowleopard61

    LOL I'm happy to talk books, it may convince more people to take part in WBN

    I work in a Magistrates Court and regularly see people who just don't have the same opportunities as me. I have applied to do this in the hope of getting some books to hand out and just maybe get some of them back to reading.
    Originally posted by Savethekipper
    That's a lovely thought Kipper
    • emmlouie
    • By emmlouie 23rd Feb 13, 6:52 PM
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    emmlouie
    thank you op, just got my email saying i am to be a book giver this year



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