World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is celebrated on 6 March 2008 - promoting the enjoyment of books and reading across the UK.
To celebrate, you could:
- blog about your favourite science book - What's your favourite, what most inspired you, what's the science book you wish you'd written (or had never been written)? We have a blog button and other graphics, if you would like to link your blog to our website.
- set up a science book group - meet with friends and talk about science and books.
- read about scientists' and authors' favourite books - which scientist or author most closely matches your taste?
- If you're at a school in UK or Ireland, you'll have received a World Book Day £1 or 1.50 Book Token - why not put them toward one of the books shortlisted for our Prize?
- take time to enjoy reading, by yourself, or with your family - with any book, anywhere.
Blog today and win!
Write a blog post on World Book Day (6 March 2008) which is in some way related to popular science books, and you could win a book - or two books, if your post links back to the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books website.
What's your favourite science book? Do you have a favourite author or illustrator? Has a science book inspired you? What's the science book you wish you'd written? What did you think of the last popular science book you read?
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line "Giveaway" and provide a link to your blog, your name and postal address. If you're one of the five emails randomly drawn after the closing date of Monday 10 March 2008, 6pm GMT, you'll win one of the books previously longlisted or shortlisted for the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books - or two books, if your blog post links back to the Royal Society Prizes for Science Books website.
Only one entry to this free prize draw per person is valid. Bulk and third-party entries will not be eligible.
This Free Prize Draw is open to anyone in the UK and Ireland, where legally permitted, excluding employees of the Royal Society and their immediate family, any person directly or indirectly involved in the organisation or implementation of the competition, and their immediate family. This free prize draw is void where prohibited by local law. A prize cannot be claimed by participants in those states, countries, or provinces where prohibited by law.
All entrants must be over the age of 18 or over the age of majority in their home state, province or country; whichever is the greater age.
For each prize available, shortly after the closing date, the winner(s) will be drawn at random from all the valid emails received. The email must contain a link to a blog post written by the author of the email, be dated Thursday 6 March 2008, and have a theme, subject or mention of some aspect of popular science writing and popular science books.
If necessary, further winners will be selected at random until each prize has been allocated to a valid entry, who has followed the entry instructions above.
Winner(s) will be contacted by email. Prizes unclaimed after 28 days will be deemed to have been forfeited and the Royal Society reserves the right to either offer the prize to the next valid entrant whose name is drawn or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.
A maximum of ten popular science books are available for prizes. A prixe will consist of one or two books, to be selected by the Royal Society.
The prize(s) are non-refundable, non-negotiable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable. No cash alternative is available.
The name(s) of the winner(s) will be published either on our website or in a future email newsletter. Details of prize winners will also be available by writing to the Royal Society within four weeks of the closing date.
Acceptance of the prize constitutes consent to use the winner's names, locations and photos for editorial or publicity purposes, in any medium.
The Royal Society does not accept responsibility for late, lost or unsuccessful entries due to any technical errors, including in telecommunication networks or internet access. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
Entrants must comply with the entry instructions, and comply with all rules to be eligible. By entering this competition, entrants agree to have accepted these rules and agree to be bound by them.
The decision of the Royal Society is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.
Promoter: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG. A registered charity.