World Book Night 2012 – Tell us your favourite books

Overnight I received an email from (thanks Jane), with the following info.:

World Book Night 2011 is now a slightly distant memory but we’re enjoying watching the progress of the books registered on Book Crossing and hearing stories of the many different ways in which books and reading were celebrated as a result of World Book Night. We’re writing to everyone who’s registered with us – those who applied to be givers both successfully and unsuccessfully and those who’ve subsquently registered with the site – so that we can tell you a little more about next year and invite you to participate in our search to find the nation’s favourite books and ultimately help in choosing next year’s World Book Night titles. If you were a giver you’ll also be hearing from us again shortly to ask you to participate in a little research to find out more about your experiences, but if there’s something you want to tell us straight away you can always email

Nation’s Favourite Books
For World Book Night 2012 we want to find out about the nation’s favourite books. We’re compiling the top 10s of thousands of readers to see what books people love to read, share and give and in September the lists will be compiled into a top 100 which will inform the choice of next year’s World Book Night titles.  So tell us your favourite book and give it a chance to be shared with thousands on World Book Night next year.

How do I submit my favourite books?
1. Go to
2. Sign in or register as a user
3. Go to ‘My Favourite Books’ and type the titles and/or authors of your favourite books into the search box
4. Drag and drop to change the order of your favourites from 1 to 10. You can add more (or less) than 10 books but each book you add will replace the book at no. 10
5. You can change your list as many times as you like. We’ll be basing the final top 100 on everyone’s favourites at midnight on August 31.
6. Tell everyone you know – we want to collect as many lists as possible.

The date for World Book Night 2012 has moved to April 23rd – UNESCO’s appointed international day of the book – but not much else has changed. We’ll still be looking for 20,000 people to give away one of 25 specially chosen titles. The only difference this year is that givers will have a slightly more manageable 24 books to give away rather than 48 but we’ll be giving more away directly into prisons, hospitals, workplaces and through various partner organisations. We’re spending the summer compiling as many top 10s as possible and then in September will release a list of the top 100 (in alphabetical order). That will then inform the choice of the editorial committee (though we’re giving them a little freedom to add something they really feel should be included that hasn’t made the top 100) and the final list of 25 books will be released in mid-October. we’ve made a few changes to how the website works, you can now log in and connect via your Facebook profile, enter your top 10 and display it in your profile and you can see a constantly updating top 100 as more and more people add their favourite books. We’ve also added a blog and our intention is to use this quite simply to share our thoughts – on favourite books, on reading, on libraries, bookshops, new releases, prizes, trends, events and anything else that takes our fancy and we think might interest you.

Independent Booksellers’ Week, National Reading Group Day and We Love This Book
Not only is this week Independent Booksellers’ Week, tomorrow is also the inaugural National Reading Group Day and the launch of a great new quarterly magazine simply entitled We Love This Book. So visit your local bookshop (where you should be able to pick up a free copy of WLTB), sign your reading group up at and with the weather finally set fair sit back and enjoy a really great back.

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