This is a great thing ... but the 25 books that have been chosen don't look very much like the 'world' to me. And neither do the people who chose them...
To see the books here, look here
And to see who chose them, look here
In 2012 World Book Night will be celebrated in the UK, Ireland, Germany and USA on April 23.
Why April 23?
April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is both the birth and death day of Shakespeare, as well as the death day of Cervantes, the great Spanish novelist. It is in their honour that UNESCO appointed it the international day of the book and that we choose it to celebrate World Book Night.