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'Alternative' World Book Night giveaway suggested

1st March 2011

An alternative to the upcoming World Book Night mass book giveaway, which will see one million free titles distributed throughout the UK, has received support from a number of writers.

Wasted author Nicola Morgan has proposed that people could mark the occasion by giving away books they have bought themselves, in a bid to generate more interest in literature.

On Saturday (March 5th), thousands of copies of 25 different titles will be handed out across the UK to mark World Book Night, but the mass giveaway scheme has been criticised by some, who claim the money spent publishing the books could be used to promote new authors.

Morgan is among the critics, as well as Susan Hill, My Best Friend's Girl author Dorothy Koomson and children's writer Lucy Coats.

'One day between now and next Saturday, let's each of us buy a book, preferably from an actual bookshop, and give it to someone. Then go home and enjoy whatever you're reading yourself,' Morgan suggested.

She also encouraged people to write a personal message on the inside cover of the book before giving it away, noting where the book was purchased and saying the donation is 'in the spirit of World Book Night'.

This weekend's World Book Night celebrations will also see a mass public reading take place in Trafalgar Square, with over 10,000 people expected to attend and hear excerpts from authors including Margaret Atwood and Alan Bennett.

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