Friday, February 18, 2005

World Book Day

Found this in Wednesday's The Guardian:

If word of mouth kicked The Da Vinci Code into nine weeks at number one, why not try using the same trick for works such as Franz Kafka's unquestionable classic The Trial - currently in 446,000th place on

This logic is being pressed close to its wildest conclusion by the organisers of World Book Day. Yesterday they announced that they were distributing 8m postcards which would enable one in seven people in the British population to recommend a book to a friend, or enemy.

What an interesting idea. From now until March 3, World Book Day, Brits will open magazines and see these little postcards flutter out. How many people, I wonder, will actually dash off a note to a friend and recommend a good book?

The organisers, whose mission is to raise the profile of reading and book buying and borrowing, call this harnessing the power of recommendation, and are focusing it on a single day. "Over 90% of leisure purchases, films, music, books, are influenced by word of mouth, and this seems to be truest of all for books," they said.

I found it odd that the article didn't mention who is behind this movement. I'd look it up for you, but I'm still sick, and this is the best I can do for a post today. If anyone knows more about this, please leave a comment.

And while you're at it, maybe you'd like to recommend a good book or two.


Susan Kaye said...

"World Book Day 2005 in the UK and Ireland will take place on Thursday 3rd March*. It is a partnership of publishers, booksellers and interested parties who work together to promote books and reading for the personal enrichment and enjoyment of all."
This is from the World Book Day website.

HerWryness said...

Hi Brenda - You ask, ..."if anyone knows more about this..." and naturally, I think you mean being sick. So I had to say feel better lady. And I tell people about good books all the time. I don't, however, if I already know they are not a reader. Then I'm just wondering what it is they do with all their time ;)

Anonymous said...

here are some good books to read
they are very good ;-D

Brenda Coulter said...

Thanks, Susan. I just didn't have the strength to Google it.

Yes, I'm still sick. Thanks, everyone who has posted here and e-mailed "get well" wishes. I'm doing my best.