A record number of institutions, including prisons, libraries and hospitals, will hand out books this World Book Night.
The event, held on 23rd April to coincide with UNESCO International Day of the Book and the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare, will see individuals and institutions hand out books to people who do not usually read for pleasure.
A total of 109 prisons and young offender institutes applied to give out books this year, and they will join 1,142 colleges and schools, 30 youth projects, 43 homeless centres and hostels, 170 hospitals, 559 libraries and more than 500 charities and work place organisations in communities across the UK in giving away books.
There will be 250,000 specially printed books handed out during the event - 2,700 institutions and organisations will each be giving multiple sets of the titles from the list of 20 books, while 7,300 individuals will each give a box of 18 copies of one of the books.
The most popular World Book Night title this year among UK prisoners is James Bowen’s account of his friendship with an injured cat in Street Cat Bob (Hodder & Stoughton). This is followed by sci-fi thriller The Martian by Andy Weir (Del Rey); Blaine Harden’s true-life account of Shin Dong-Hyuk’s Escape from Camp 14 (Pan) in North Korea; The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington (Canongate); and the Quick Read Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle (Jonathan Cape).
Yodel has been chosen by The Reading Agency as the official delivery partner of World Book Night for the third year running.