World Book Night has had a record number of givers sign up, with more than 23,000 people volunteering to hand out books in their communities.
More than half of the applicants have never taken part in the event before, with people applying from across the country, including the Scilly Isles and Outer Hebrides.
Taking place on April 23rd, World Book Night will see delivery service Yodel distribute 400,000 books to giver collection points, while a further 100,000 books will be sent directly to hospitals, prisons and care homes in an attempt to reach communities with low literacy levels.
World Book Night c.e.o. Julia Kingsford said: “World Book Night is all about making connections—between authors and readers, between readers and emerging readers, between bookshops, libraries and the communities they share and between everyone with great books and stories."
Neil Lloyd, Yodel c.e.o. commented; “Yodel makes nearly 3.5 million book deliveries each year across the UK, both to independent booksellers and retail chains as well as direct to consumers. We are delighted to be playing a role in this year’s World Book Night, helping more people to discover the joy of reading.”
More than 2,500 institutions have applied to take part this year, while 2,655 libraries and book shops are signed up as collection points, where givers will be able to pick up the books before handing them out. Many shops and libraries will host events on the night, in parallel with the main event which take place in Liverpool.