World Book Night is a celebration of reading and books which sees tens of thousands of passionate volunteers gift books in their communities to share their love of reading.
1,000,000 books are given out in total - half of these are donated directly to hospitals, prisons and care homes, and the other half go to Givers to distribute amongst individuals in their communities.
25 titles are specially chosen and printed in their thousands in World Book Night editions. Givers apply to give away a particular book (you get a first, second and third choice) which they must commit to give away to those who don't regularly read to share and spread their love of reading. Each Giver receives 24 copies which they pick up from their local bookshops and libraries - the very heart of our reading communities - in the week before April 23.
Holmen Paper proudly sponsors World Book Night by donating Holmen BOOK-paper for the printing of the special World Book Night editions.
In 2012 World Book Night will be celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA on April 23.
It's too late to sign up as a Giver for this years World Book Night, but read more about the upcoming events and how to become a reading ambassador at the World Book Night official website.