Thursday, 3 November 2011
Spread A Little Happiness - It's Free
Earlier this year I took part in World Book Night as a 'giver'. Two boxes of 'One Day' by David Nicholls duly arrived at my local library - my choice of delivery address.
Arranging the distribution of 48 books wasn't quite as simple as I'd thought because one book reading circle, having heard I was taking part, decided they could relieve me of the lot and save me the effort of individual allocations and it took a certain amount of diplomacy and patience to explain the event was to encourage reading, not just a bundle of freebies. But that wasn't the reason I applied to be a giver. Part of the reason was to introduce books to those who would normally not read.
Did I find any non-readers? Indeed I did. My final 15 books were distributed outside a local supermarket where around 25% of those who were offered a book said they never read and refused the book. Others accepted - some reluctantly - but promised to pass it to a friend.
Most people can read but I know quite a few who aren't interested in reading a book from cover to cover except on holiday. If I'm accepted as a giver for 2012 I'll be avoiding the 'holiday only' readers again because there's little chance the book will ever be read and a slimmer chance it will be passed on to others.
Each book has a number which the recipient can register online and this allows the giver to follow its progress. Two of mine are currently in Australia, one in Mexico and four in France.
If you would like to be a giver, I suggest you register quickly or you may not receive the title of your choice. There are 25 titles from which to choose next year so something for everyone. Spread a little happiness - it's free.