02 January 2011

What the book?

New year, new bloggage, and let's kick things off with some thoughts on reading. Rumour has it Kindle sales have gone through the roof this festive season, with something like eight million units being shifted even before shoppers started tearing off the doors to Selfridges in a sales-induced frenzy (I exaggerate). The most popular titles being downloaded for the handheld e-book reader? Good old-fashioned bodice-rippers.

Perhaps it's as well we don't have long to wait until 5 March, and World Book Night. The idea was launched on an unsuspecting public a mere month ago, but already your time is nearly up to put yourself forward to distribute 48 copies of your choice of tome from the list. Twenty thousand book-givers are being invited to hand out a grand total of one million books (yeah, I don't get the math either) and you have until 9am on Tuesday to apply. I'm absolutely stuffed as I (whisper it) have read only one of the 25 titles on the reading list. That's a bloody travesty, I know, so I'm hoping you lot are going to volunteer and make sure I get a copy of the books you advocate!

STOP PRESS! The deadline to apply to be a book-giver has been extended! Closing date for applications is now Monday 17 January at 9am.

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