Pick up a paperback scheme launched

A new project encouraging readers to share their love for literature has been launched during an inaugural book festival in Aberdeenshire.

A collection of donated books are being distributed around local shops and businesses in Inverurie, as part of the Pick up a Paperback project.

The books are free to be picked up and read, and once you’ve finished, simply return it to a public place for someone else to enjoy.

A label on the inside of each book gives it a unique bar code to be tracked on a special website (www.bookcrossing.com) which will be used to record everywhere the book has been.

The project organisers – Inverurie Events, Aberdeenshire Council and The Philosophy Café – are appealing for books to be donated to help the project be a success. They will be distributed around participating shops and businesses for the project launch in October.

Good quality books can be dropped off to libraries in Inverurie, Kemnay, Kintore and Insch before the end of September. All genres are welcome, including both fiction and non-fiction.

It is hoped that the project will also encourage people to make better use of Aberdeenshire’s libraries, where a wide range of books are not only free to borrow, but free to reserve.

The first ever World of Words book festival has been hailed by organisers as a success.

The festival, which ran a series of events from August 31 until September 7, was attended by hundreds of book lovers.

Special appearances by best-selling authors Stuart MacBride and Iain Banks proved to be extremely popular.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Cllr Isobel Davidson, said: “The Pick up a Paperback project is a great way to encourage people to share their love of reading and their favourite books with others.I would urge everyone to get involved and help make the project a success by donating spare books to the project.”