Author proposes WBN alternative

Author proposes WBN alternative

A Carnegie-nominated author has proposed an alternative to World Book Night, suggesting readers buy one book from a bookshop this week and give it away.

Writing on her blog, Nicola Morgan said she believed there were better ways to give away one million books than the method proposed for Saturday, when 20,000 givers will distribute 48 books each.

Morgan said: "My concerns are that the parlous nature of the book industry, falling revenues for booksellers, publishers and authors, and the constant erosion of the value of what we do, are not best improved by giving away one million especially printed books, which would have retailed at around £9million if sold in the normal way."

However, she added there will be benefits and proposed an alternative to ignoring World Book Night. She said: "One day between now and next Saturday [March 5th], let's each of us buy a book, preferably from an actual bookshop, or direct from a publisher. Any book. Write inside it: 'Given in the spirit of World Book Night, March 5th 2011 and bought from [insert name of shop] - please enjoy and tell people about it.'

"And give it to someone. Anyone. A friend or stranger, a library or school or doctor's surgery or anything."

Walker's Carnegie-nominated book Wasted is published by Walker Books.