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Books-A-Million Is Helping Give Away Half A Million Free Books

  Books-A-Million Is Helping Give Away Half A Million Free Books                           Celebrating World Book Night  Business Wire  BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- April 23, 2014  On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.  World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers from 258 Books-A-Million stores across the country will help promote reading by venturing out into their communities and giving away free copies of a book they love, often to those without means or access to a printed book. With the organizational support of Books-A-Million, along with other community partners and libraries, volunteers will be sharing books with non-readers in locations such as hospitals, mass transit, nursing homes, food pantries, underfunded schools and more.  “We are excited to be a part of World Book Night 2014,” said Terrance G. Finley, CEO of Books-A-Million. “Our book lovers in Books-A-Million stores across the country can’t wait to help spread the love of books into our communities. We celebrate the joy of reading every day, and this opportunity will help us encourage others to pick up a book and start their own reading journey.”  The WBN picks are by a wide array of award-winning and bestselling adult and Young Adult authors, as well as classics. The assortment of WBN titles is based on diversity in subject matter, age level, gender ethnicity and geography. The books were chosen in a vote by librarians, booksellers, and last year’s givers.  Bestselling author Scott Turow said, “I can’t imagine any greater compliment to a book, or an author, than to know his work has been selected to welcome people to the pleasures of reading.”  The World Book Night U.S. titles for 2014 that Books-A-Million will be distributing are:    *Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (Quirk Books)   *The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Simon & Schuster)   *Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (Ballantine Books)   *Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan (Sourcebooks)   *The Ruins of Gorlan: Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1 by John Flanagan (Puffin     Books)  Volunteer givers come from all walks of life: Teachers, book club members, social workers, first responders, local businesspeople, librarians, booksellers, students, parents and more. To learn more about World Book Night U.S., visit www.worldbooknight.org.  About Books-A-Million, Inc.  Books-A-Million, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading book retailers and sells on the Internet at www.booksamillion.com. The Company presently operates 258 stores in 33 states and the District of Columbia. The Company operates large superstores under the names Books-A-Million (BAM!), Books & Co. and 2nd & Charles and traditional bookstores operating under the names Bookland and Books-A-Million. Also included in the Company’s retail operations is the operation of Yogurt Mountain Holding, LLC, a retailer and franchisor of self-serve frozen yogurt stores with 41 locations. The Company also develops and manages commercial real estate investments through its subsidiary, Preferred Growth Properties. The common stock of Books-A-Million, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol BAMM. For more information, visit the Company’s corporate website at www.booksamillioninc.com.  Follow Books-A-Million on Twitter (http://twitter.com/booksamillion) and like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/booksamillion).  Contact:  Books-A-Million, Inc. Christine Corbitt, 205-942-3737 corbittc@booksamillion.com