Yodel will deliver books for World Book Night for the third year in a row.
The courier, which came under scrutiny before Christmas when it stopped collecting parcels from retailers in December due to an avalanche of online orders, has been chosen by The Reading Agency as World Book Night’s official delivery partner again.
Ahead of the event on 23rd April, Yodel will be distributing World Book Night books to local libraries and bookshops across the UK and Ireland for volunteers to collect and hand out to inspire people to read.
The chosen titles – including Booker Prize winner Roddy Doyle with Dead Man Talking (Vintage), Street Cat Bob by James Bowen (Hodder) and Essential Poetry from the Staying Alive Trilogy, edited by Neil Astley (Bloodaxe) - will be handed out by volunteers to encourage and inspire those who don’t regularly read to pick up a book.
People who applied to be a volunteer will find out of they have been chosen at the end of February.
Dick Stead, executive chairman at Yodel, said: “We’re delighted to be lending our support to World Book Night as delivery partner for a third year running. It’s such a great initiative, and we’re proud to be helping people across the British Isles to develop or rediscover their love of reading.” Sue Wilkinson, c.e.o of The Reading Agency, said: “Yodel’s passion for books, reading and literacy matches our own and it’s a joy to work with such a like-minded and generous partner.”
Thousands of institutions including prisons, homeless shelters, colleges and schools take part in the event. As well as gifting the selected books, volunteers can also opt to give away their own favourite reads, either bought new or from their own shelves.