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Novel idea for taking a book away
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It aims to get communities to read the same book at the same time
A Devon council has come up with a novel way of encouraging people to read by placing copies of Around The World In Eighty Days in Chinese takeaways.

The scheme is all part of the Great Reading Adventure which aims to generate interest in books and reading.

Fifteen hundred copies of Jules Verne's book will be placed in takeaways and libraries across Plymouth.

Stickers inside the books will ask people to log on to a special website so each book's journey can be tracked.

Children's version

The Great Reading Adventure has been an annual event in Bristol for the past three years and its organisers won a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to make it a regional event for 2006. All libraries in the South West will be taking part.

Around the World in Eighty Days has been chosen as the theme for 2006 as it will coincide with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and next year's celebrations of Victorian travel and transport.

As well as the original book, there will also be a specially produced children's version.

Libraries will be offering copies in large print, talking books and an illustrated readers' guide giving information on the author, the book and Brunel himself.

The project starts on 5 January 2006 and continues until 25 March 2006.




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