Yeah! The annual books alive read-fest started today. Books Alive, now known as 50 Books You Can’t Put Down, started a number of years ago and has grown into a national campaign that basically puts free books into the hands of as many people as possible.
Here’s the deal.
There are 50 Books You Can’t Put Down. For each one that you buy between now and the end of September, you get one free book.
The freebie is your choice of either the delightful Grug Learns to Read by Ted Prior – perfect for littlies (although there are many Grug fans amongst the 30-somethings) or the especially commissioned 10 Short Stories You Must Read This Year which has got a little gem in there for just about every one.
If you want to get an idea of what it is all about, have a listen to Michael Parkinson and Thomas Keneally talking here.
To check out the free Grug learns to Read and 10 Short Stories You Must Read This Year, look here.
And if you want to plunge straight into the 50 books, click here. The Slap, A Fraction of the Whole, Richard Dawkins brand new one The Greatest Show on Earth, The People’s Train (the new Tom Keneally), Jack Marx’ Australian Tragic, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, Nicki Gemmell’s latest….be still my beating heart!
And a free one to boot! Doesn’t get much better than that.
The campaign runs until the end of September.