Friday, 11 September 2015

What's a Book Worth?

I'm thrilled to share news of What's a Book Worth, a brand new initiative!
Fragonard: The Reader
We all have books that grabbed our hearts and minds, books that changed our lives, books that live with us forever.
But how good are we at remembering that – at communicating the immeasurable value of books?
After all, you can buy a book that might change your life for about the same as two cups of coffee.
But that’s just a book’s monetary value. What’s its real value to you?
How would you describe that?
Imagine you could talk to the person who wrote your favourite book. Imagine describing the impact it had on you.
Are you thinking what book you would choose right now? Searching for the right words to say?
The What’s A Book Worth campaign is giving you an opportunity to share how much books mean to you.
Its purpose is simple: to remind us all what extraordinary value the price of a good book is.
If you want to support us, please
1. Film yourself talking about a book that means a lot to you. It doesn’t have to be long. Just a sentence or two, if you want.
2. Share the film on September 28th under the hashtag ‪#‎WhatsABookWorth‬ with the title of the book and its cover price. Share it on Twitter, on Facebook, wherever you can. Share it everywhere and anywhere.
3. Encourage everyone you know to do the same. Watch and share their films too.
If you don’t want to film yourself, that’s ok. Put your thoughts into words and share them under then same hashtag. Just keep sharing!


  1. There is no greater gift that you can give a child than the gift of literacy

  2. Some of us would rather read than spend time tweeting or texting. I do not remember learning to read. We didn't have books around the house so I only read at school. Then one Christmas I received a book of 360 Bedtime Tales. These were short -- very short little tales. I loved that book . I carried it around with me when ever I could and read and reread it. That book showed me that reading wasn't only for school but could be for fun. My house full of books testifies to the influence of that one book. .

    1. How sad that your home had no books, but how wonderful that door was opened for you! And look at you now - a Regency researcher!

  3. Lovely idea! As a youngster I adored Betty MacDonald's humorous memoirs (The Egg and I, the Plague and I) and I realize in hindsight they directed my own writing style so very many years later .... Lally

  4. Will do! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  5. Nice idea! But there are so many of them...