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World Book Night, Reading Elephants, and why it all matters

21 April 2017

Author Vaseem Khan blogs on why initiatives such as World Book Night are so important. read more »

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Talking fiction? Research reveals our reading habits and hang-ups

21 April 2017

Our survey, commissioned to mark World Book Night on Sunday 23 April, suggests huge numbers of us are hankering after more reading time. read more »

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Please join our Thunderclap!

13 April 2017

Please join our Thunderclap to post a message of support for World Book Night on 23 April! read more »

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Nielsen brings our publisher-donated books to life!

05 April 2017

Our friends over at Nielsen Book have created a World Book Night book wall, showcasing the 26 brilliant books donated by publishers and which will be distributed in organisations including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters to people who don’t regularly read... read more »

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World Book Night 2017 launches today!

06 December 2016

World Book Night 2017 launches today and is heading in an exciting new direction. We’ve listened carefully to feedback and are changing the way we do things in order to ensure our books are reaching the people who need them most. read more »

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World Book Night 2016

03 May 2016

This year’s event saw thousands of book lovers give out titles in their communities; local events taking place up and down the country; and a fantastic gala event at the British Library. Find out how the day unfolded in our Storify. read more »

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Happy World Book Night!

23 April 2016

It’s World Book Night! Thousands of free books are being given across the UK to people who don’t regularly read. Find out more about what’s going on. read more »

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Publishers celebrate World Book Night with a host of inspiring new initiatives

22 April 2016

This year publishers will be giving out copies of their own stock on 22 April within their neighbourhoods. read more »

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World Book Night announces gala celebration at the British Library

15 March 2016

See a stellar panel of authors discussing the role of books in their lives, at our flagship World Book Night event in London. read more »

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Librarians: we want your book recommendations

26 January 2016

We want to offer new readers some great ideas from expert library staff about what to read next once they’ve finished their World Book Night book – give us your recommendations! read more »

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The World Book Night titles for 2016 are here!

24 November 2015

World Book Night 2016 officially kicks off today in the UK and Ireland with the announcement of the 15 titles to be given away in 2016. This year sees a sensational and diverse line up of crime, poetry, non-fiction, Quick Reads, YA, historical fiction, and fiction in translation celebrating the e... read more »

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Mood-boosting Books 2016 - we need you!

16 November 2015

If you’re feeling in need of a bit of a boost, what do you do to cheer yourself up? If a friend was feeling down, what would you do to give them a lift? What about a lovely mood-boosting book? As committed reading champions, you will know better than most the benefits and joys of a good boo... read more »

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Are you in a reading group? Tell us all about it...

12 November 2015

Are you in a reading group? Whether you meet at home, in a bookshop, in a library or in the pub, we want to know more about you, what you like to read and what makes you tick. We’re running a survey through our national network Reading Groups for Everyone to find out about great reading groups a... read more »

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World Book Night a catalyst for change, report finds

30 July 2015

The celebratory nature of World Book Night and the delight at receiving a free book has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on recipients this year, with 98% of them reporting that they were pleased to receive their book and many reporting a shift in their attitudes towards reading. The finding... read more »

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Win a bag of World Book Night goodies!

23 June 2015

Not signed up to our mailing list? Sign up now for the chance to win an official World Book Night tote bag crammed full of World Book Night archive goodies! read more »

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World Book Night 2015 - as it happened!

28 April 2015

On Thursday 23 April 2015, thousands of passionate book lovers, authors, libraries, bookshops, prisons, hospitals and schools across the UK shared their love of reading on World Book Night, our annual celebration of the written word. read more »

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World Book Night flagship event 2015

21 April 2015

UPDATE: IRVINE WELSH TO APPEAR AT WORLD BOOK NIGHT! * We’re happy to announce that tickets for our World Book Night flagship event on 23 April are now on sale. There are also events taking place in local libraries across the country. read more »

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Win a set of 2015 World Book Night Titles

10 April 2015

Tweet us for the chance to win copies of our 20 World Book Night titles! This year we’re asking authors to tell us about their reading journey; about the book that first turned them on to reading, the books that they have been inspired by along the way and how reading has shaped them. We’re also ... read more »

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Invitation to tender for World Book Night evaluation

18 March 2015

The Reading Agency invites tenders for a qualitative evaluation of World Book Night 2015. The evaluation will investigate whether receiving a World Book Night book has impacted on the reading habits of recipients who do not usually read for pleasure. This invitation to tender sets out the backgro... read more »

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Our authors' responses to World Book Night

21 January 2015

As the deadline for applications to give out editions of our books draws near (you have until 30 January to get yours in here!), we wanted to share some wonderful comments on World Book Night from the authors of the brilliant books on our list. read more »

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Inspiring applications

12 January 2015

With just three weeks to go until applications to become a World Book Night volunteer for 2015 close, we’ve had well over 7000 entries and expect many thousands more before January 30th. In the mean time and to inspire those of you who are yet to apply, we wanted to share some of the brilli... read more »

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Limited edition World Book Night merchandise now available!

16 December 2014

We’re excited to let you know that we now have a range of limited edition products available to make your World Book Night even more special. They include a beautiful, sturdy canvas bag for transporting your books (or your shopping), and an elegant Knotpaper, a reusable fabric square to wra... read more »

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An incredible response to our list!

08 December 2014

On #GivingTuesday, 2 December we announced our 20 titles for 2015 and opened volunteer applications. We were delighted to receive a really positive response from authors, publishers, the press and the public, and had over 3,000 applications to become a volunteer in the first 24 hours! read more »

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Announcing our 20 titles for 2015!

02 December 2014

We’re delighted to announce our 20 titles for World Book Night 2015 and open volunteer applications for this annual celebration of reading and books on 23 April! read more »

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Oh what a night...

17 November 2014

Another fantastic World Book Night took place on 23 April 2014. Givers, receivers, libraries, book shops and arts centres have been sharing their World Book Night stories. read more »

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Irvine Welsh Speaks to World Book Night

17 November 2014

To celebrate last year’s World Book Night, we spoke to Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting and all round literary legend about his reading habits, his lifelong love for libraries and which book he’d choose to give away… read more »

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World Book Night volunteers' Top 20 Books

13 November 2014

Planning for World Book Night 2015 is underway. We’re very excited to be curating another brilliant list of books to inspire readers and non-readers alike, and our editorial committee will meet later in the month. read more »