The Kingston University Big Read scheme sends a limited-edition copy of a book to all new undergraduate and postgraduate students, so they can start the year as part of a shared reading scheme – and become part of the Kingston community before they even arrive. The partnership with The Pigeonhole will allow up to a further 10,000 members of staff and existing students to join the scheme and receive a free digital version of the book.
From 16 September, The Pigeonhole will be serialising The Humans in ten digital instalments. The unique Kingston University Big Read edition will include extras such as links, images, music and videos, as well as an in-text comments function that allows readers to discuss the book with each other within the digital margins of the book itself.
“From the beginning, The Pigeonhole has been all about bringing people together through books, to use the power of stories to create shared experiences, online and offline,” said Jacob Cockcroft, Founder and CEO of The Pigeonhole.
“Discussing books brings so much good, and of course helps build empathy – which in a university environment with so many new faces together for the first time is a wonderful thing. This really is a fantastic and inspiring partnership and we are delighted to be able to help enhance the Big Read initiative.”
The Kingston University Big Read scheme, which is based on similar projects in the US, was set up by Kingston University in 2015 to create a community through shared reading. Last year saw more than 13,000 copies of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy given to students and staff. This year, in addition to the circulation of a special Big Read edition and a series of associated events for both the University and the local Kingston community, The Pigeonhole edition will create a community online.
Associate Professor Alison Baverstock, Co-founder of MA Publishing at Kingston University, and now Director of the Kingston University Big Read, said, “Working with The Pigeonhole enables us both to create and be part of an online discussion involving our whole community, students and staff.
“We are really interested to see how this can work alongside the print edition and events – as well as explore the implications this has for our learning environment. Exciting times!”
For more info, visit The Kingston University Big Read website, here.