Next Saturday is World Book Night. This is when 20,000 people will each give away around 50 books so that one million books will be given away.
I volunteered to be a giver and was quite prepared to donate the books too but that wasn't necessary because there are 25 different books already chosen. There has been a special print run of each of them and I have been given 48 copies of A Life Like Other People's by Alan Bennett.
We are told that they are all registered with Bookcrossing - if you don't know what this is then look here
I have been a bookcrossing member since 2004 and I find it a truely liberating thing to do to release books into the wild for other people to find.
Anyhoooo, we are told that each book will have an identity number so that people can read it and then pass it on to someone else and they go to the WBN website and leave a journal entry for that book so that they can see where it goes.
Pretty exciting eh? well, I think so. That's why I have volunteered to be a giver. I have 48 copies of a really good book by Alan Bennett, the most excellent writer in this country today (in my opinion) and next Saturday I will be handing them out to people.
Just thought I'd let you know.