‘The Book Thief’ Tops Popularity List According To The Book People’s Pinterest Poll

On 23rd April – the official UNESCO international day of the book – people everywhere can receive gifted copies of one of the 25 books that have been chosen to mark World Book Night 2012 and, in a Pinterest poll organised by the Book People, the public has chosen Markus Zusak’s ‘The Book Thief’ as their favourite title in the collection.

World Book Night is an annual event that works to celebrate the joy of reading and encourage those that normally shy away from this fantastic hobby to get back into it. It’s set to take place on April 23rd and a total of 25 fiction books have been whittled down from a huge selection. These books include everything from historical novels to fantasy fiction, so there’s something for everyone.

“We fully support the ethos behind World Book Night,” said Lindsay Eyers of the Book People.

“Nowadays, one in six has difficulty with reading and writing, and literacy is one of the most important skills a person can have.

“To celebrate World Book Night we asked our customers and followers on social networking sites to choose their favourite title on a special Pinterest poll and‘The Book Thief’ was the winner.”

In the week running up to 23rd April ‘givers’ that have signed up to take part in the event can pick up 24 copies of their chosen title from the top 25, all of which will be printed as special World Book Night editions. The givers will then distribute every copy to friends, family, colleagues and even strangers that wouldn’t normally visit their local bookshop to buy new books.

There will also be a number of events held to celebrate World Book Night in areas across the UK, and many other countries will be involved, including Ireland, the USA and Germany.

All of the books included in the World Book Night top 25 can be bought from the Book People now and, as per the bookseller, are available with great discounts to help in saving money when shopping.

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Imagine Children’s Festival, Sponsored by the Book People, Big Success

Imagine Children’s Festival has been hailed as a huge success, delighting children of all ages with a whole host of activities. Sponsored by the Book People and taking place at London’s Southbank Centre, the festival saw amazing authors, one-off events, craft activities, comedy and music add up to create a unique celebration of children’s books . Taking place from 11 – 26 February 2012, there have been numerous highlights – as detailed below:

– Children adored Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon’s speech and Jeremy Strong’s book signing also had queues stretching out of the door.
– Comedian James Campbell delivered his live stand-up show for kids to a sold-out Queen Elizabeth Hall and absolutely brought the house down, before delighting his fans by signing DVDs afterwards. He even spared a minute to talk to the Book People backstage and explained why he likes to grow parsnips, along with demonstrating his incredible pancake-flipping skills!
– The Spirit Level at the Craft Pavilion saw Paul Collicutt run his robot-themed workshop in the morning and there was even a baby disco, with the little ones bobbing along in their papooses to songs like ‘Jump Around’.
-The brilliant Jackie Kay read her poems, inviting the audience to join in with her, while the fantastically funny Roger McGough also treated a thrilled audience to drawings of some of his best-loved poems.
-An incredible 90 minute musical theatre production of Dennis the Menace was also a huge hit. With Beanotown in crisis and the grown-ups declaring a war on fun, it was up to Dennis, Gnasher and co to unite and show that kids still want to enjoy themselves.

Books from many of the authors that appeared at this year’s Imagine Children’s Festival are available to buy at discounted prices from the Book People.

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The Book People Announces Its Top 10 Book Review Sites

Today the Book People, one of the UK’s fastest growing online retailers of books, announced its top 10 book review sites.

Readers of the Book People blog will already have seen the post, which went live this morning and which lists the site’s favourite book and reviews blogs of the moment. Lovereading.co.uk, Book Rabbit and Book Reviews for Mums all appear on the list, along with two sites from the world of fantasy, paranormal and science fiction.

One of The Book People’s bloggers, Nick Woolnough, writes: “We can’t resist rummaging around on the web to see just what people have to say about books – children’s books, fiction, biography books, history books…the truth is, we just can’t get enough of talking about books and hearing what others love to read!”

As well as enjoying the accolade of being picked as a top review site by such a respected book retailer, owners of the featured blogs have also been contacted with a ‘winner’s badge’ to display proudly on their site. Alongside this, the Book People have provided a personalised recommendation for each of the blogs to feature as they wish, on their site.

The Book People not only wanted to share its favourite blogs with its own fans, but it is also actively promoting affordable reading for all, something it has believed in ever since it was founded in 1988. Sign up to the Book People’s RSS feed and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest must-reads in the world of children’s books and fiction books and to see which authors are up and coming!

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The Book People Announces Ways It Is Helping To Tackle Poor Literacy Levels

In light of the latest, shocking figures from the National Literacy Trust, renowned bookseller the Book People highlights the way in which it is helping to make reading accessible and affordable for all.

According to the NLT’s report, which will be published in full later this month, one in four children attending primary schools in London currently leave without the skills to be able to read properly. Of those, five per cent can barely read at all and in the worst-performing inner city schools, 40 per cent of children leave with a reading age of a six to nine-year-old.

Susie Chalmers, Marketing Director at the Book People said: “At the heart of the Book People is the ethos of bringing books to people and making reading affordable to all. Figures like this are worrying, but only strengthen our determination to ensure that we continue to play our part in introducing children of all ages to the joy of reading.”

The Book People began in 1988 and since that very first day it adopted a business model that drove down the cost of books for the general public. Now, it is reaching new readers every day, thanks to a huge online presence and a network of dedicated distributors who place books in hospitals, offices and most importantly, nurseries and schools.

It is hoped that by combining huge discounts – generally more than 50 per cent off the RRP – great incentives to buy books, such as redeemable book points and the Points Passport loyalty scheme, and offering frequent free delivery and discount code promotions to bring prices down even further, that reading will become all the more appealing.

Specialising in exclusive collections that offer even greater value to the customer, the Book People have looked to support children’s reading schemes by teaming up with Oxford Reading Tree to offer educational sets such as the Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection at a discount of more than 80 percent.

The Book People also owns Red House, a specialist website providing the latest and very best children’s books. The titles are handpicked by knowledgeable book buyers who know just what will encourage children, parents and teachers to read. It recently gave more than 150 books to children in foster care.

Daniel Webb, Red House editor, knows how important reading is to a child’s development.

“Here at Red House, we supply everything from board books for babies to compelling novels for confident readers, early readers to teen fiction. Our emphasis is always on finding the books that children themselves would choose. In this way, Red House supports the efforts of parents and teachers to encourage children to read,” he said.

Anyone can buy books online from the Book People, and with a huge collection of fictionbooks, children’s educational guides, reference books and much more available at rock bottom prices there is really no barrier to reading.

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The Book People Nominated for Prestigious Bookseller Award

One of the UK’s most successful online bookshops, the Book People, has been shortlisted for the accolade of Direct Bookselling Company of the Year in the prestigious 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.

The Book People is already the proud owner of two such awards – one in the same category as they are nominated for this year and the other for founder Ted Smart’s Outstanding Contribution to Bookselling. Since their inception in 1988 the Book People has grown rapidly and developed into one of the nation’s most important retailers of fiction books, children’s books and more. This latest nomination is testament to the popular service they offer to consumers.

Organisers of the award remarked that the Book People (TBP) had “successfully honed its bringing books direct to the workplace model for 22 years, and added increased digital elements in 2010. TBP has upped its online product ranges to 18,000 lines, which has boosted average order values by a huge 150 per cent. Development in search engine optimisation also helped to raise sales.”

It is for these reasons that the Book People has been nominated in the direct bookseller category, alongside amazon.co.uk, The Book Depository and Scholastic Book Clubs.

Neill Denny, the Bookseller’s editor-in-chief, praised this year’s nominees, saying: “The overall standard of entries was incredibly high despite, or perhaps because of, the turbulent times we are living through. It will be a very tough job choosing the winners from such a strong field.”

This year, a total of 17 awards will be presented at the Book Industry Conference, a black-tie gala dinner hosted by London’s Park Lane Hilton on Monday 16th May. As well as the usual array of awards, this year’s awards will feature two new categories; Children’s Publisher, and Library Innovation of the Year.

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