8 ways ebook lovers can celebrate World Book Day & World Book Night 2013

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World Book Day 2013 and World Book Night 2013 - 8 ways ebook lovers can celebrate

Each year, April 23 is a very special day for book lovers. On this day William Shakespeare, the greatest writer of all times, died in 1616, aged 52. It’s not surprising that this date is being chosen for many literary celebrations.

On this day two fantastic book events are happening. They are organised separately by different institutions, but there is no reason to celebrate only one of them.

They both create a lot of positive buzz around books and reading, and they both offer lots of attractions for anyone who decides to spend a whole day surrounded by the beauty of books in every genre and format.

World Book Day (officially named World Book and Copyright Day) is organised by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright.

Held for a first time in 1995, it’s a worldwide tribute to books and authors, encouraging everyone to discover the pleasure of reading and “gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity.”

World Book Night started in 2011 and is an annual promotion of free books for people who don’t normally read. Tonight, in UK, US and Germany, thousands of volunteers will be giving away special paperback editions of 20-30 titles selected by librarians, booksellers, and writers. The list of books showcased this year is available at the end of this post.

Especially in the latter event there is a focus on print books, but I think everyone interested in ebooks can spend some time to share passion, opinions, and give a helping hand.

Below you’ll find a list of activities set up with ebook users in mind. It’s both for readers who are going to use the opportunity to discover the ebook world, and those who are already ebook enthusiasts.

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1. Visit a library

Most events today are happening in libraries. What do libraries have to do with ebooks? A lot. Many libraries, not only in the US or UK, started to offer ebooks for their patrons.

The only thing to do is to visit a library. You don’t even have to leave home. Just check library’s website and find out whether ebooks are added to the catalog. You may be surprised they are.

Here is are some tips on how to find and use library ebooks:

2. Download ebooks legally

Many great titles are available for free, and you don’t have to visit torrent sites to get them. It’s the matter of finding sites where you can get the free ebooks completely legally.

A top destination is Project Gutenberg, the primary source of public domain ebooks. You can download from here over 40,000 free books, not only classics, but also great stories and novels from the 20th century. And all that with respect to copyright.

You can not only visit sites like Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive or Smashwords, but you can share them with your friends and followers.

3. Start reading a book online

A great thing about ebooks is that the title can be read right after discovering it. You don’t need to have a special device to start enjoying electronic books.

In most of the ebookstores around the world you can read at least a free sample, but there are sites where you can read for free entire books.

4. Get a free e-reading app for your tablet or smartphone

Again, you can start reading ebooks without having a Kindle or Nook. You don’t even need to have a tablet.

A smartphone is enough. All you need is a free e-reading application. If you doubt whether reading on a smartphone can give pleasure: in a recent survey conveyed by Goodreads, as much as 37% of users claimed they read ebooks on their mobile phones.

If you are a registered Amazon user, you can get a free application for a PC/Mac computer, or for mobile devices with Android, iOS, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone 7 systems. If you ever bought a print book in Barnes & Noble’s online store, why not checking the apps for Nook ebooks. Free reading apps for Kobo are available here.

5. Check the selection of ebooks in major ebookstores

Many users complain that there are not enough good books in electronic format. Well, this is changing fast. If you’ve checked the offer several months ago, you may be surprised how many good titles have been published as ebooks since that time.

Go to Amazon Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble Nook Store or Kobo ebookstore and start browsing for titles you’d like to read.

6. Find what’s on top of ebook bestsellers lists

If you want to have a really quick overview of the best ebook titles, you can find out what ebooks are now the absolute bestsellers. Since last year many ebook-focused charts have started – and they don’t only come from ebookstores.

Go and check lists curated by The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalAmazon, and Barnes & Noble.

7. Give a try to self-published books

Self-publishing is a true phenomenon of the book industry. It wouldn’t have happened if there was no way to publish books at no or little cost in ebook format.

One of top destinations for self-published books is the above-mentioned Smashwords, but you can find these books in all major ebookstores. Here are useful guides:

8. Borrow an ebook

World Book Day & Night is all about sharing the love for books and giving books. If you’ve are a Kindle or Nook user, you can lend your purchased books to other users for a period of 14 days.

Simply pick up an attractive title, double-check if it can be lended (here’s how to do it in Kindle Store) and find a person interested in borrowing it. You can use social media for that.

World Book Night 2013 – Book List (US)

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. City of Thieves by David Benioff
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. My Antonia by Willa Cather
  5. Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  6. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  7. La Casa en Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros -translated by Elena Poniatowska
  8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  9. El Alquimista by Paulo Coelho
  10. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
  11. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  12. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  13. Still Alice by Lisa Genova
  14. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  15. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
  16. Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
  17. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer
  18. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  19. The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer
  20. Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
  21. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
  22. Population 485 by Michael Perry
  23. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
  24. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  25. Montana Sky by Nora Roberts
  26. Look Again by Lisa Scottoline
  27. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  28. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  29. Glaciers by Alexis M. Smith
  30. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  31. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  32. Favorite American Poems in Large Print edited by Paul Negri

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