You have until Friday, January 25, to apply to be a Giver for World Book Night 2013.
Just like in previous years, 30 books have been chosen by a group of booksellers and librarians, specifically for the hopeful ability to inspire more reading. These titles will be the cornerstone of World Book Night (which will actually occur in April), and free copies of these popular books will be handed out by citizen distributors like you. When you become a giver, you’ll receive 20 free copies of your chosen book, then take to the streets to give them away and spread the love of reading. For this worldwide event, authors waive their royalties and publishers pay for the printing of official Book Night editions, all for the sake of getting people to turn the pages and rediscover the written word. The goal is to reach light readers and non-readers.
It’s a great list this year, including titles like The Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit 451, Girl With a Pearl Earring, The Alchemist, Bossypants, Looking for Alaska, The Phantom Tollbooth, Moneyball, Me Talk Pretty One Day, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and more.
Whaddya say? Want to get out and give just for the sake of giving, knowing that you may very well be putting the match to the tinder that will smolder and eventually flame for a newly passionate reader? Last year, more than half a million free books were handed out in the U.S. alone. Apply here (no later than Friday).