I received a little blurb about this in an email this morning so I checked out the Penguin Random House Give-a-Book website and thought this was an awesome promotion to get books into the hands of children all over. You can read all about the program HERE but in a nutshell it amounts to using #GiveaBook on Twitter or Facebook. Penguin Random House in partnership with First Book and First Book Canada will donate one book each time #GiveaBook is used up to a maximum of 35,000 books.
According to their website "the #GiveaBook applies to any type of book giving, whether as a gift to friend or family member or a donation to a charity book drive such as Angel Trees, library donation boxes and individual bookstore collection drives."
We are a book community and many of us avail ourselves of ARC's, Netgalley books, books directly from authors and Amazon or Kobo freebies. I know, for myself, that saves me a ton of $$ every year.
If everyone (who was comfortable with it and able) from BL gifted one book to a friend, family member or charity drive and tweeted/Facebooked it using #GiveaBook think of the number books that would be donated! I know I gift books to people at Christmas time and I know almost every mall has a drop box for unwrapped gifts to be distributed by various charities to underprivileged children. I have purchased a children's book or two as well as a small toy and donated. I have every intention of doing it again this year, so this program does not ask me to spend any money I wouldn't ordinarily spend anyway. Just a simple tweet using #GiveaBook and a book gets placed in another child's hand.
Seems like a good deal to me! If you are comfortable with the idea ... participate!
Legalities and details (from #GiveaBook website)
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PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE #GIVEABOOK DONATION DETAILS:
Donation Period: Penguin Random House will donate one book for each use of the hashtag, #GiveaBook, on Facebook and Twitter (see below for details) between 12:01 AM EST on November 16, 2015 and 11:59 PM EST on December 24, 2015. Any use of the hashtag after December 24 is encouraged, but will not trigger a donation to First Book from Penguin Random House.
Donation Limit: Penguin Random House will donate one book for each use of the hashtag during the Donation Period up to 35,000 books. If the Donation Limit has been reached before December 25, 2015, Penguin Random House will notify users on social media.
Donation Eligibility: The #GiveaBook hashtag may be used on any social media platform. However, only those uses of the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter (see below for details) will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House to First Book. Any use of the hashtag on platforms other than Facebook and Twitter is encouraged, but will not trigger a donation from Penguin Random House.
Facebook Action Requirements: Only original Facebook posts using the hashtag, #Giveabook, will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House.Limit one post per account per day. Any other actions, including but not limited to shares, likes, and comments will not trigger a donation from Penguin Random House.
Twitter Action Requirements: Only original tweets and quote tweets (those tweets that embed an existing tweet and include new original material) using the hashtag, #Giveabook, will trigger a donation from Penguin Random House.Limit one tweet per account per day. Any other action, including but not limited to verbatim retweets and likes will not trigger a donation from Penguin Random House.
Penguin Random House is the sole sponsor of the #Giveabook campaign, which is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.