Bookshops and Libraries are an incredibly important part of World Book Night, acting as book collection points for givers and as crucial reading hubs for new readers long after the event is over.
For 2014 we are also asking bookshops and libraries to distribute stickers and book plates for Community Book Givers.
Please read on to find out more about what being a collection point involves, the benefits and what Community Book Giving is.
Information for Libraries
We've created a briefing pack for libraries which includes advice on being a collection point, encouraging community book giving, creating displays and organising events. After World Book Night we'd be very grateful if you could fill out our library involvement evaluation form and library events evaluation survey.
Information for Bookshops
Can I sign up as a giver if I'm a bookseller or librarian?
Of course. Exactly the same rules apply to you as any other applicants. Please make sure you carefully read our tips and guidelines before applying.
What does being a Collection Point involve?
Rather than deliver direct to givers, we distribute the sets of World Book Night editions for givers to local bookshops and libraries. We do this mainly because we believe bookshops and libraries are incredibly important community hubs for readers and we passionately want to keep them at the heart of World Book Night.
By registering as a collection point, you commit to:
- encouraging your users or customers to apply as givers
- receiving and storing sets of books for local givers who have chosen you as their collection point
- allowing the givers to collect their books in the run up to World Book Night, April 23
- in addition, for the first time, receiving and distributing stickers and bookplates for Community Book Givers
What are the benefits?
- You're participating in a national event that promotes a love of reading, engages existing readers as ambassadors and encourages the third of the country who don't regularly read to do so. We all benefit from more people reading.
- You get to contact with passionate readers in your area. Some will already be your customers or users, some will buy or borrow books elsewhere, but this is a great chance to convert them to loyal customers.
What is Community Book Giving?
Community Book Giving is a way of taking part in World Book Night by doing the simplest thing possible, committing to give at least one book to someone who doesn't regularly read on World Book Night, April 23. Volunteers can, of course, give as many books as they want but we wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone to participate by setting the starting point as just one book.
One of the main reasons we’ve launched this new aspect of World Book Night is that many people have told us they want to take part but signing up as a World Book Night Edition Book Giver is too much of a commitment. Plus many more people apply each year than we're able to accept as World Book Night Edition Book Givers and we don't want to exclude anyone from using the event to share their love of reading. We know that many people have given books on April 23 since long before World Book Night was first celebrated with a mass book giving, and we have our roots in the Catalan celebration of San Jordi on April 23 which sees millions of books and roses given across the region. Extending World Book Night in this way seemed like the natural thing to do.
We hope, for bookshops especially, this will be an exciting new way of connecting with customers around World Book Night.