National Book Lovers Day – August 9, 2019

Fri Aug 9

From clay tablets in the third millennium B.C. to e-books in the second millennium A.D., books have played a crucial role in preserving cultures, educating the masses, and entertaining us for thousands and thousands of years. If you have ever read a book, you have Johannes Gutenberg to thank—with the invention of the printing press in 1440 (just 52 years before Columbus’ infamous voyage!), books became widely accessible to the public. In honor of National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9, we put away our smartphones, pull out a good book, and simply… read.

National Book Lovers Day - History


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Gutenberg invents the printing press

3rd Millenium BC

Clay Tablets

Clay tablets are the main form of written communication

National Book Lovers Day Activities

  1. Visit Your Local Library

    Public libraries have been around since the Middle Ages. But back in those days, books were often chained to the bookcases to prevent theft. On National Book Lovers Day, reconnect with the past by browsing the shelves at your local library. Bonus points if you pick a book off the shelf, find a cozy nook, and read it right there at the library.

  2. Make As Many Literary References As Possible

    National Book Lovers Day is a day of great expectations—are you up to the challenge? It's not a quixotic task to make as many literary references as possible. If you manage to reference at least 10 books, you deserve a red badge of courage.

  3. Participate in a Book Exchange

    What better way to celebrate National Book Lovers Day than by trading an old favorite with a friend in exchange for something new? Better yet, get a few friends together for a group book exchange. Before handing off your book, share a few words about what that book means to you.

Why We Love National Book Lovers Day

  1. Books Connect Us with the Universe

    American novelist James Baldwin said it best: "You think your pain and heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read." Books help us understand each other, feel less alone, and put our complex emotions into words.

  2. Books Let Us Escape the Limits of Time and Space

    Books are powerful. They're the only medium that can transport us through time and space—into the past, the present, the future, and faraway worlds galaxies away. And we don't even have to leave our couch or change out of our pajamas!

  3. The Book Is Always Better Than the Movie

    Can you think of any movie that does its book equivalent justice? We didn't think so. Movie scripts often simplify the subtle complexities of the book, and sadly, in many cases the original author has no say in the moviemaking process. Go to the movies? No, thanks. We'd rather read a book!

National Book Lovers Day dates
2019August 9Friday
2020August 9Sunday
2021August 9Monday
2022August 9Tuesday
2023August 9Wednesday