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Some of the fantastic books being donated include:


From Hachette UK: • Horrid Henry Reads a Book • Rainbow Magic - The Rainbow Fairies: 1: Ruby the Red Fairy


• Beast Quest:1 Ferno the Fire Dragon • Double Crossed • Boy Nobody • Secret Kingdom: 1: Enchanted Palace


From HarperCollins: • Mr. Stink • The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1)


NOOK to get London reading! Publishers partner with


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OOK Media recently partnered with several publishers to make reading more accessible and affordable across the UK. Several publishers donated books as part of NOOK’s recent partnership with the London Evening Standard’s groundbreaking literacy campaign, Get London Reading. The partnership includes the donation of 1,000 NOOK Simple Touch eReaders and supports Beanstalk, a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports reading volunteers in schools. The publishers’ free content donation was announced at a Get Reading event featuring the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. To underline his support, the mayor visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School to take part in a NOOK read-along session with schoolchildren.


Leading publishers


NOOK has worked with Hachette UK, HarperCollins, Penguin and Random House to contribute the books, which will be loaded onto the 1,000 eReaders that NOOK is donating to reading volunteers from Beanstalk. The titles donated are some of the UK’s most popular children’s books. The Beanstalk literacy volunteers will use the NOOKs at key schools with high levels of illiteracy across the UK.


Jim Hilt, Managing Director, Barnes & Noble said: “Our commitment to children and families in the UK is about providing affordable access to digital


content in partnership with the leading UK publishers. This is consistent with our belief that it takes everyone in the book business to rally behind the idea of getting young people to read. We came to the UK to be a part of the fabric of the community by creating affordable access to reading and believe that this donation will help us further this campaign.”


Gail Rebuck, Chair and CEO, The Random House Group added: “Random House has supported Beanstalk for nine years and the Get Reading campaign since its launch in 2011. Today marks a key milestone for the campaign and we have donated 10 fantastic eBooks from authors who are supporting the NOOK partnership including Jacqueline Wilson, James Patterson and Bear Grylls that will capture the imaginations of young people and support Beanstalk volunteers who are working to improve literacy levels in schools across the UK.”


Landmark event


As part of the Get Reading initiative, NOOK and the London Evening Standard will host an event, with support from London Mayor Boris Johnson, in the capital’s iconic Trafalgar Square on July 13. The free event will see children from all over the UK take part in a giant read-a-thon, led by famous faces. The day will also feature interactive entertainment for all age groups and promises to inspire and get people reading.


• A Dog Called Homeless • A Medal for Leroy • Little Wolf’s Book of Badness • Iggy and Me (Iggy and Me, Book 1) • Delphie and the Magic Ballet Shoes (Magic Ballerina, Book 1)


• Monster and Chips (Book 1) • Paddington Abroad • Geek Girl • Look into My Eyes (Ruby Redfort, Book 1) • Skulduggery Pleasant


From Penguin: • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory • The Great Escape • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny • Ladybird Classics: Alice in Wonderland • Mr. Chan, Rocket Man: Genie Street • Grimms’ Fairy Tales


From Random House: • Tom’s Sausage Lion • Ranger’s Apprentice 1: The Ruins of Gorlan • Gold of Gods • Doctor Who: Made of Steel • I Funny • Big Day Out • The Dinosaur’s Packed Lunch • The Monster Crisp-Guzzler • Pea’s Book of Best Friends • Alice Miranda at School


George Walkley, Head of Digital, Hachette UK said of the campaign: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in the Get Reading campaign. We believe that reading is the foundation for a happy and healthy life. Books in every format enhance the lives of children and, as more and more children now read on eReaders, this initiative with NOOK is a very valuable addition to this great campaign.”


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May 2013


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