Wednesday, 26 October 2011

World Book Night 2

Follow the link and you'll discover the list of titles involved in April's World Book Night Giveaway. The list contains some books I've read and some I haven't, but I think it is interesting, with something for everyone. I was intrigued to see that they'd included Touching the Void - the book about climbing that still gives me nightmares.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/24/world-book-night-giveaway

The event isn't about authors, it's about readers, and encouraging more readers into reading. Sometimes it seems that reading is a dying art. It also seems to have caught on to something long accepted in the e-book world, namely that a book given away repays and keeps on paying by bringing the reader back to that author's backlist and any titles published in years to come.

If people are not encouraged to read, then in a few years time authors will not have an audience, and that's a sobering thought. So let's get behind the event now, and promote it.

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