Today, 25,000 book givers will give away half a million free books in 6,000 communities across the United States. Launched in 2012 in the U.S., World Book Night coincides with similar efforts in the United Kingdom which celebrate and promote reading with the distribution of free books.
If you happen upon a World Book Night giver, you may be handed one of 38 different World Book Night 2014 titles chosen by an independent panel of booksellers and librarians. Each of these books is paperbacks printed especially for World Book Night, and each World Book Night volunteer is shipped a box of 20 of his or her chosen book to hand out to individuals in the community. All of this is facilitated by the authors, who waive their royalties, publishers, who pay the production costs for the books, and bookstores and libraries, who coordinated delivery of the books to the individual book givers.
My teen daughter and I participated in World Book Night 2013, when we gave away 20 copies of David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day (Rowan was hoping for The Lightning Thief, but givers don't necessarily get their first choices). This year, we're handing out Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Learn how you can be a World Book Night book giver in 2015 at WorldBookNight.org.