April 23rd is not a special date just because it’s William Shakespeare’s birthday. It’s also World Book Night, a charity dedicated to the promotion of literacy and the celebration, sharing and enjoyment of reading amongst teenagers and adults. The first World Book Night was held in the UK in 2011. In 2012 World Book Night will be celebrated in the USA as well as the UK and Ireland on April 23, and will see tens of thousands of givers distribute free books to share the joy and love of reading with millions of non or light readers.
The books are donated by publishers and distributed by volunteers, or “givers.” To find out how it works, visit the World Book Night website. If you wish to apply to participate as a giver, you’ll find the link for that there, too. The response has been so great, that the organizers have extended the deadline for applicants to Feb. 6, midnight EST.
I say hooray for printed books! This would never work with eReaders.