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Re-reading puts a smile on the nation's face, says new survey by The Reading Agency

Re-reading puts a smile on the nation's face, says new survey by The Reading Agency

23 April 2021

The Reading Agency, in partnership with Specsavers, has revealed today that re-reading helps make people smile, with more than 1 in 3 readers (35%) finding happiness in re-reading books (including audiobooks), rising to 41% among young people (18-24). read more »

Ten years of World Book Night

Ten years of World Book Night

22 April 2021

In 2021, we’re celebrating ten years of World Book Night. Since 2011, it has become a key moment in the calendar, bringing people across the UK and Ireland together to celebrate the proven power of reading. We caught up with Jamie Byng, World Book Night founder and CEO of Canongate, to share how ... read more »

Discover our authors' top reads

Discover our authors' top reads

20 April 2021

What does your favourite author like to read? We asked a few of our World Book Night authors for their top recommendations – the books that make them smile, the books that inspire them and more. Head to our Bookshop.org affiliate page to see recommendations from Nina Stibbe, Mohsin Zaidi and Beth... read more »

Support your local library

12 April 2021

We’re so excited that today, 12 April, libraries across England and Wales are re-opening their doors to customers, with hopefully not long to go for Scotland and Northern Ireland. At The Reading Agency, we love libraries. They’re an essential part of our communities and we want to celebrate just ... read more »

Sandi Toksvig Revealed as Lead Ambassador for World Book Night’s 10th Anniversary

Sandi Toksvig Revealed as Lead Ambassador for World Book Night’s 10th Anniversary

01 April 2021

The Reading Agency in partnership with Specsavers, is delighted to announce that writer, comedian, TV personality and literacy advocate Sandi Toksvig will be the lead ambassador for World Book Night 2021, as the full plans for the campaign are also unveiled. read more »

Spend your World Book Night with us

Spend your World Book Night with us

01 April 2021

How are you going to spend your evening on 23 April? Join us from 6-9pm, in partnership with Specsavers and hosted by the British Library for two exciting free events and our special #ReadingHour. read more »

Download your free World Book Night audiobook

Download your free World Book Night audiobook

24 March 2021

For the third year running, we’re thrilled to offer an exclusive number of free audiobook downloads. read more »

World Book Day – 4 March 2021

World Book Day – 4 March 2021

02 March 2021

You’re invited to join in the World Book Day celebrations on 4 March! World Book Day is a worldwide celebration of books and reading, that aims to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. read more »

gal-dem, Stephen King, Jack Monroe and Pam Ayres to Feature on World Book Night 2021 Booklist

gal-dem, Stephen King, Jack Monroe and Pam Ayres to Feature on World Book Night 2021 Booklist

09 December 2020

The Reading Agency, in partnership with Specsavers, has today announced the titles that will feature on the booklist for World Book Night 2021. The list is themed “Books To Make You Smile” in response to the impact of Covid-19 on mental health and wellbeing. read more »

Sample the World Book Night 2021 Booklist

Sample the World Book Night 2021 Booklist

09 December 2020

With so many fantastic books on the World Book Night booklist, it can be difficult to know which titles to apply for or read first. Nielsen Book have created a book wall, featuring samples of all the titles donated by publishers that we believe will encourage everyone to get reading. read more »

World Book Night 2021 Celebrates 10th Anniversary: The Reading Agency and Specsavers Team Up To Make The Nation Smile

World Book Night 2021 Celebrates 10th Anniversary: The Reading Agency and Specsavers Team Up To Make The Nation Smile

03 December 2020

The Reading Agency has today announced that “Books To Make You Smile” will be the theme of World Book Night 2021 (23 April), to mark the tenth year of the annual campaign celebrating the shared pleasure of reading. read more »

Reading Unites Nation for Virtual World Book Night

Reading Unites Nation for Virtual World Book Night

01 May 2020

A nation in lockdown united last week on Shakespeare’s birthday, in celebration of books and reading, for The Reading Agency’s World Book Night. Pivoting to a digital format in light of Covid-19, the virtual celebration took place without the usual accompanying book giveaway – now tentatively sch... read more »

New survey says reading connects a nation in lockdown

New survey says reading connects a nation in lockdown

23 April 2020

The Reading Agency has revealed that the nation is reading more during lockdown with 1 in 3 adults reading more, rising to almost one in two (45%) 18-24 year olds. read more »

Where can you get books?

Where can you get books?

21 April 2020

While bookshops and libraries are closed, we know that many people are wondering where they can get new books to read. We’re here to help with some suggestions for buying and borrowing print and digital books. read more »

You're invited to the #ReadingHour

You're invited to the #ReadingHour

16 April 2020

Everyone is invited to join us at 7pm on 23 April for the #ReadingHour! You can do anything you want related to books: read alone, read with or to someone, or even call a friend to chat about books and share recommendations. read more »

Reading connects a nation in self-isolation

Reading connects a nation in self-isolation

30 March 2020

The Reading Agency has announced that the UK’s World Book Night celebrations, to be held on Thursday 23rd April 2020, will be digital as plans are modified due to Covid-19. read more »

Listen to World Book Night 2020

Listen to World Book Night 2020

17 February 2020

Registration has now CLOSED for you to receive a free audiobook as part of World Book Night 2020. read more »

Get a taste of the World Book Night 2020 titles

Get a taste of the World Book Night 2020 titles

10 December 2019

Are you looking at the World Book Night 2020 booklist but don’t know where to start? Nielsen Book have created a book wall, featuring samples of all the titles donated by publishers that we believe will encourage everyone to get reading. read more »

World Book Night Goes Digital for 2020

World Book Night Goes Digital for 2020

10 December 2019

The Reading Agency today announces the titles that will feature on the World Book Night 2020 booklist. World Book Night is the annual celebration of reading on 23 April aiming to inspire everyone to share books and reading, whether they are less confident or passionate readers. It is a key part o... read more »

Living in a Notification Nation: constant smartphone distractions prevent Brits from picking up a book

Living in a Notification Nation: constant smartphone distractions prevent Brits from picking up a book

23 April 2019

A new survey from The Reading Agency has revealed that smartphone habits are preventing individuals from reading books, with 66% saying that they would read more if they spent less time scrolling. 55% of all adults and 72% of young people admit they lack sufficient self-control because they can’t... read more »

Mahsuda Snaith's World Book Night journey

Mahsuda Snaith's World Book Night journey

15 April 2019

Mahsuda Snaith tells us about the role books have played in her life, and her journey from being a World Book Night recipient to having her debut novel gifted all over the country. read more »

Download a free audiobook this World Book Night

Download a free audiobook this World Book Night

01 April 2019

We are excited to announce that for the first time, an audiobook will be available to download on World Book Night 2019. read more »

Sample the World Book Night 2019 titles

Sample the World Book Night 2019 titles

12 December 2018

Once again, our friends over at Nielsen Book have created a World Book Night book wall, showcasing the 23 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 re... read more »

Using reading to tackle life's big challenges: sensitive issues set to be explored on World Book Night 2019

Using reading to tackle life's big challenges: sensitive issues set to be explored on World Book Night 2019

12 December 2018

The Reading Agency today announces the list of books to be given away on World Book Night, 23 April 2019. The varied titles, donated by publishers large and small including Penguin Random House, Canongate and Jessica Kingsley Publishers, include a diverse selection of commercial and literary fict... read more »

Research reveals 35 million Brits are paralysed by 'book-block'

Research reveals 35 million Brits are paralysed by 'book-block'

23 April 2018

Our new research, commissioned to mark World Book Night (23 April) shows that many of us think you should never give up on a book. read more »

Nielsen brings our publisher-donated books to life!

Nielsen brings our publisher-donated books to life!

25 January 2018

Our friends over at Nielsen Book have created a World Book Night book wall, showcasing the 23 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 »

World Book Night 2018 spotlights link between reading and mental health

World Book Night 2018 spotlights link between reading and mental health

25 January 2018

The Reading Agency today announces the list of books to be given away on World Book Night, 23 April 2018. The varied titles, donated by publishers from Penguin Random House and Hachette to small presses Nine Arches and Cassava Republic, include a diverse selection of commercial and literary ficti... read more »

Edinburgh RAG raises over £1500 for World Book Night

Edinburgh RAG raises over £1500 for World Book Night

27 June 2017

Edinburgh University’s Raising and Giving (RAG) team have raised over £1,500 for World Book Night through a ‘library fines week’ in conjunction with the university library. read more »

World Book Night 2017

World Book Night 2017

22 May 2017

World Book Night is our annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. The 2017 event saw thousands of books given out in organisations such as prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals in their communities. read more »

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

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 »

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

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 »

Please join our Thunderclap!

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 »

World Book Night 2017 launches today!

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 »

World Book Night 2016

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 »

Happy World Book Night!

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 »

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

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 »

World Book Night announces gala celebration at the British Library

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 »

Librarians: we want your book recommendations

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 »

The World Book Night titles for 2016 are here!

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 »

Mood-boosting Books 2016 - we need you!

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 book, and... read more »

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

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 »

World Book Night a catalyst for change, report finds

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 »

Win a bag of World Book Night goodies!

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 »

World Book Night 2015 - as it happened!

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 »

World Book Night flagship event 2015

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 »

Win a set of 2015 World Book Night Titles

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 »

Invitation to tender for World Book Night evaluation

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 »

Our authors' responses to World Book Night

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 »

Inspiring applications

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 brilliant, i... read more »

Limited edition World Book Night merchandise now available!

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 wrap them... read more »

An incredible response to our list!

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 »

Announcing our 20 titles for 2015!

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 »

Oh what a night...

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 »

Irvine Welsh Speaks to World Book Night

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 »

World Book Night volunteers' Top 20 Books

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 »