Travelling books are coming to a town near you

Last updated 12:57 07/11/2012

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Readers in Palmerston North, Feilding, Levin and Dannevirke are about to benefit from a book bonus.

Thousands of free books by New Zealand and international authors are to be distributed in New Zealand towns and cities.

More than 4000 free volumes are part of the Travelling Books project, an initiative by Literacy Aotearoa and New Zealand Post, designed to foster a love of reading and of sharing books.

Launched last week in Auckland by the governor-general, the Travelling Books project invites people to take a book, read it, and pass it on.

Nearly 100 different titles include works by household names like John Grisham, Margaret Mahy, Albert Wendt and Joy Cowley and a host of others.

"The Travelling Books project is born of the understanding that sharing the pleasure of reading books with others is hugely rewarding. The initiative aims to spread the joy of reading, by sharing fiction and non-fiction titles, making these exciting worlds readily available to New Zealanders everywhere," says Literacy Aotearoa's Bronwyn Yates.

"If it also helps to raise people's awareness that adult literacy need is a major national issue, then that's even better."

"The simple act of passing on a book you've enjoyed to someone else, reinforces the joys of sharing and recommending books to others," New Zealand Post's Nicola Airey said.

The Travelling Books have a distinctive sticker on the cover and each book has its own unique code.

Anyone who picks one up and reads it, is invited to log on to the Literacy Aotearoa website and record its location. Everyone who reports a book sighting goes into a monthly draw to win a $50 gift voucher.

* For more information see the website: literacy.org.nz.

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