"Buy one, gift one: Buy a Quick Read this summer and we'll gift a copy to help someone discover the joy of reading."
The Reading Agency has announced a new Quick Reads gifting campaign to help tackle the UK literacy crisis. For every book bought from publication on 27 May through to 31 July 2021, the six Quick Reads publishers will donate a matching copy. The Reading Agency will distribute the donated copies to people who struggle with reading or have limited access to books - spreading the joy of reading to new audiences!
Since launching in 2006, over 5 million Quick Reads have been distributed. From 2020 - 2022, the initiative is supported by a philanthropic gift from bestselling author Jojo Moyes. 'Buy one, gift one' will enable The Reading Agency to get even more of these transformative books into the hands of those that need them most. The campaign will see thousands of free books distributed to organisations across the UK to help new readers find the pleasure and benefits that come from reading.
In addition to the gifting campaign, The Reading Agency will continue to work with the adult learning sector including public libraries, prisons, trade unions and colleges to ensure the books are available where they're needed most.
These short books and great stories written by bestselling authors are available for £1. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the life-changing Quick Reads programme with books written by Oyinkan Braithwaite (The Baby is Mine, Atlantic), Louise Candlish (The Skylight, Simon & Schuster), Katie Fforde (Saving the Day, Arrow), Peter James (Wish You Were Dead, Macmillan), Caitlin Moran (How to Be a Woman, abridged, Ebury), and Khurrum Rahman (The Motive, HQ). The Quick Reads will be available in paperback, ebook and audiobook (£1.99).
Author Jojo Moyes commented: "After a year that's been so tough and in which access to learning and literacy development has been particularly limited, I am thrilled to support Quick Reads and the Reading Agency's mission to break down barriers to reading.
Quick Reads offers a route to reading for people that have either never found, or have lost, a love of books. This new development, with the support and generosity of Quick Reads publishers, will enable the books to reach even more readers-to-be, and help the programme continue to transform lives."
Karen Napier, CEO, The Reading Agency, said: "Introducing this new buy one, gift one campaign has been a real labour of love for the Quick Reads team at The Reading Agency. We believe passionately in the many, many benefits of reading, and are immensely grateful to our wonderful publisher partners for their support.
This new development will enable the books to reach even more people, helping us continue our mission to tackle life's big challenges through the proven power of reading."
Find out more about the Quick Reads programme, the 2021 titles and how to pre-order them.
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