World Book Night, 2020

The idea of World Book Night was conceived by Jamie Byng, MD of Canongate, back in 2011, after discussing it a year before with those present at Book Industry Conference. It created another way for adults to read more and, since then, the holiday has become an international success.

However, because World Book Day existed for children, World Book Night became a day for adults to read more books. In order to coincide with UNESCO’s International Day of the Book, in 2012, the holiday moved from March to April. In 2012 and 2013, the holiday was celebrated in the United States. Over 50,000 people gave books to others on this day.

In late 2013, World Book Night then became part of the Reading Agency, an organization focused on promoting the benefits of reading books. Each year, books are given to people in hospitals, prisons, libraries, colleges, homeless shelters, and their communities.

World Book Night 2020 will be going digital, and the plans have been modified due to Covid-19. According to the official World Book Night website, people are encouraged to share in the pleasure of enjoying a book – in print, in or in audio. Those who want to partake in the celebration are invited to join in the Reading Hour, take time out to read alone or with others, and share a book with family, friends or colleagues, by giving recommendations, encouraging someone to join the library or gifting a book. Find out more about how the plans have been adapted by visiting the website.

National Emergency Library – Archive.org

To address our unprecedented global and immediate need for access to reading and research materials, as of today, March 24, 2020, the Internet Archive will suspend waitlists for the 1.4 million (and growing) books in our lending library by creating a National Emergency Library to serve the nation’s displaced learners. This suspension will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. 

During the waitlist suspension, users will be able to borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a wait-list, ensuring that students will have access to assigned readings and library materials that the Internet Archive has digitized for the remainder of the US academic calendar, and that people who cannot physically access their local libraries because of closure or self-quarantine can continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis, keeping themselves and others safe.  

This library brings together all the books from Phillips Academy Andover and Marygrove College, and much of Trent University’s collections, along with over a million other books donated from other libraries to readers worldwide that are locked out of their libraries.

Reading challenge for 2020

I stumbled upon this cool thing on Popsugar.co.uk, and I just wanted to share it for all the book enthusiasts out there. It is a reading challenge. The more books corresponding to the requirements from this list you can read, the better.

In the comments section, let me know what you think about this challenge. Feel free to share your thoughts and list some of the books you have in mind.

Book Lovers’ Day, 2019

Book Lovers’ Day is celebrated on the 9th of August every year. While it is an unofficial holiday observed to encourage bibliophiles celebrate reading and literature, Book Lovers’ Day has gathered a lot of attention during the past few years. It is widely recognized on global scale, but its origin and creator remains shrouded in mystery.

People are advised to put away their smartphones and every possible technological distraction, pick up a book (or two), and spend the day reading.

How are you spending Book Lovers’ Day this year? Let me know in the comments section.

Happy World Book Day 2019!

World Book Day, also known as World Book and Copyright Day, or International Day of the Book, is an annual event the organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) with the aim of promoting reading, publishing, and copyright.

Having been first celebrated on the 23rd of April 1995, World Book Day continues to be recognized on that day every year. A related event in the United Kingdom and Ireland is observed in March.

Happy World Book Day, 2019!