World Book Day: What will you be reading?

What will you be reading on World Book Day? Do you have anything to recommend? Let us know!

To help celebrate World Book Day, Yale University Press would like to recommend some of our best books on the subject of reading (to purchase A Reader on Reading or Reading Matters at special discount prices, use the promo code WBD11 on If you have any suggestions of your own, please be sure to let us know.

A Reader on ReadingA Reader on Reading
Alberto Manguel

Offer: £16 | RRP: £20

An intimate and exhilarating journey through the world of books by an internationally celebrated author. More

Reading Matters: Five Centuries of Discovering Books
Margaret Willes

Offer: £15 | RRP: £22.50
Hardback (now also available in paperback)

An entertaining journey through five centuries of acquiring, reading and enjoying books in Britain and America. More

Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books
Jo Steffens

RRP: £16

This alluring volume provides an intimate look at the personal libraries and top ten reading lists of twelve of the world’s leading architects. More

The Book in the Renaissance
Andrew Pettegree

RRP: £30

A groundbreaking study of the fascinating, yet largely unknown world of books in the first great age of print, 1450 – 1600. More

The Library at Night
Alberto Manguel

RRP: £10.99

A celebration of reading, of libraries, and of the mysterious human desire to give order to the universe. More

What is World Book Day?

World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. The origins of the day we now celebrate in the UK come from Catalonia, where roses and books were given as gifts to loved ones on St. George’s Day – a tradition started over 90 years ago. For more information visit the World Book Day website.

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