Who chooses and how do books get chosen?

World Book Night is committed to reaching people in marginalised areas of society, and with this in mind, the 2014 list has been curated with a view to offering a range of brilliant books explicitly chosen to appeal to and inspire people who haven't yet been turned on to reading.  There is particular emphasis on books for teenagers and young adults, 46% of whom don't read for pleasure; and men, 42% of whom don't read for pleasure.*  The quantity of easy to read and accessible books has also been increased. As well as a wide range of fiction the list features four Quick Reads, four young adult titles, three non-fiction titles and two short story collections. We constructed this year's list to encourage more men - who we know are more likely to read books by men - to take part in WBN, an event which has so far appealed primarily to women.

 

What we look for in books is simple – good, enjoyable, highly readable books with strong compelling narratives. We look for a really wide variety as what will inspire one person will turn another off. Books are very subjective, it’s one of the great things about them. When considering our list we’re looking to include books across a variety of genres, fiction and non-fiction as well as books aimed at young adults.

Our expert editorial committee consider a wide range of books and for 2014 and publishers are involved more closely than ever before as World Book Night would be impossible without their support. So the books the committee consider are a combination of books publishers have suggested they think would work for World Book Night and that we’ve asked publishers for consideration based on our knowledge of books, what’s worked well for World Book Night, receiver feedback and previous years' voting.

For 2014, due to the changing nature of World Book Night’s structure, we made the decision not to have a public vote.

About Quick Reads

Quick Reads are short books that are specifically designed to be easy to read. Each year, books are commissioned from big name authors that are the same as mainstream books in every respect but are simply shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. They are designed to be readable by the 1 in 6 adults of working age in the UK who find reading difficult and may never pick up a book. People’s reasons for not reading are varied but are often based in fear. Some people say they find books scary and intimidating, thinking they are ‘not for them’ or that books are difficult or boring. Quick Reads sets out to challenge these beliefs and to show that books and reading can be for everyone.

To find out more visit www.quickreads.org.uk

 

* Statistics taken from the Department of Culture, Media and Sports' Taking Part Survey

On World Book Night

World Book Night captures everything wonderfully paradoxical about reading: it's an intensely personal experience that you want to share with everyone.  That standard reaction for a writer is to say that we're "delighted" about being part of it, but I'm something better than delighted, I'm curious.  How exciting.  Bring it on!

Patrick Ness

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