FAQ

FAQ

Logistics
What is the 24 Hour Read-a-thon?
What is the date of the next Read-a-thon?
Where can I sign up?
Once I sign up, what do I do next?
I can’t decide, The date of the Read-a-thon is too far away, I don’t know my work schedule, etc.
How can I keep track of the participants?
Do I have to stay up the whole 24 hours?
Do e-books count?
GIVE ME BUTTONS! Please.

 

Prizes & Challenges
Prizes? Did you say prizes?
What the heck is a mini-challenge? Do I have to do them?
Where do I find out about the mini-challenges during the event?
Can I host a mini-challenge?

 

Roles
What are the ways in which I can participate?
What is the role of a Reader?
What is the role of a Cheerleader?
May I participate in more than one way?
I can’t participate, but is there some small way in which I can help?
What’s this about organizational tasks?

 

Charity & Giving
Will there be a chance to raise money/books for charity this time?
If I want to be a Prize Donor, how do I do that?

 

What is the 24 Hour Read-a-thon?

It’s sort of a reading challenge, only everyone participates at the same time. For 24 hours, we read books, post in our blogs and various social media platforms about our reading, and visit other readers’ homes online. We also participate in mini-challenges throughout the day and win prizes. In recent years, this event has grown to encompass Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Goodreads, Litsy, a Facebook group, and other channels as well!

What is the date of the next Read-a-thon?

April 29, 2017

We have a time zone picker on our Start Times page where you can find your start time for the event!

You can expect a Read-a-thon every April and October.

Where can I sign up?

You can sign up to be a reader by using the quick-link on the sidebar. It says “Reader Sign-Ups.” Other opportunities to volunteer will pop up on the main page, also in the left-hand navigation. You can sign up to be a mini-challenge host, warm-up post writer, Twitter party host, etc!

Once I sign up to read, what do I do next?

Keep your eye on this blog or our Twitter account!. In the days leading up to the Read-a-thon, we’ll post updates, “warm up” posts on topics of interest, last minute info, etc. The day of the Read-a-Thon, there will be hourly posts about mini-challenges and all kinds of other great stuff.

Once I sign up to host a challenge, write a warm-up post, host a Twitter party, what do I do next?

Keep your eye on your email. In the weeks leading up to the Read-a-thon, we’ll contact you!

I can’t decide yet. The date of the Read-a-Thon is too far away, I don’t know my work schedule, etc.

That’s OK. We’re hearing this from a lot of people, and believe me, we won’t let you forget! We’re going to keep mentioning the Read-a-thon, especially the month before it happens. Just sign up if/when you decide to join us! The only problem you might encounter if you sign up at the last minute is that you may not make it onto the official participants list. We usually update it for the final time on the morning of the event.

How can I keep track of the participants?

As we get closer to the Read-A-Thon, participants will be published on the homepage as a PAGE in the top navigation.

Do I have to stay up the whole 24 hours?

NO WAY! Although it’s more fun if if you do. We live by the “read as much as you can” creed! Readers can choose to stay up the entire time or take breaks as they need to or float in and out if they have life and family commitments. In general, the event is a “choose your own” type of adventure.

Do e-books count?

Well, sure! Also audiobooks, reading to the kids, etc.

Prizes? Did you say prizes?

That’s right! You can keep an eye on the Prizes page for more info. This is an ever-evolving part of the event so hang tight!

What the heck is a mini-challenge? Do I have to do them?

This is something that bloggers host so that Readers can take a break from their reading. You can check out the the  mini-challenges by skimming through old posts or just go here: October 2015 category. Mini-challenges are optional; you can skip as many as you want or you can just spend the whole 24 hours reading if that’s what you want to do.

Where do I find out about the mini-challenges during the event?

In this blog! Just visit it throughout the day as often as you want and you’ll find mini-challenges waiting for you in the hourly posts.

Can I host a mini-challenge?

Of course!! Sign-ups for hosting mini-challenges will be up soon. Watch the left-hand navigation right over there for a quick-link.

What are the ways in which I can participate?

The types of participants are Reader, Mini-Challenge Host, Hourly Co-Host, Prize Donor, Twitter Party Host, Warm-Up Poster Writer.

What is the role of a Reader?

What they do: People who sign up to be readers are committing to reading books, post updates in their blogs or other social media, and participate in mini-challenges when they choose to; if they need breaks, they visit the blogs of other readers and encourage them. The most hardcore among us will stay up the entire 24 hours and do nothing but read and update, even going so far as to skip showering and eat meals while reading. However, not all of us are that hardcore, and it’s OK for you to customize this read-a-thon to meet your needs. All I ask is that you be honest in your updates, and that’s about the only rule for readers.

Readers visiting other readers: Do this if and when you’re in the mood, as often as you like.

Tips for Readers:

1. Pick shortish books. When you’re reading for such a long time, you might get really sick of the same book for hours on end.  2007 Readers recommended that you start with a short book so that you have a feeling of accomplishment when you finish it early in the read-a-thon.

2. Choose something light (children’s books, humorous books, graphic novels, books you already know well) and save those for the end when you’re tired and sick of reading.

3. Try not to pick really dense nonfiction unless you have the most enormous attention span ever.

4. If you’re going to use this time to catch up on other challenges, try to have a big variety available. You don’t know what will hold your attention, so don’t assign yourself specific books without alternates.

5. Give yourself permission to put a book aside and try something else if it’s not holding your attention.

6. Careful with caffeine! If you drink more coffee than you’re used to, you’ll be jittery at first and then crash later. Drinking something lightly caffeinated (green tea?) throughout the day seems to work better.

7. Don’t sit in the same spot/position all day! This could make your back hurt. Instead, move to different places in the house every hour or two.

8. In general, don’t be a masochist. This is supposed to be fun! And if anything about the challenge makes you start picturing us with little devil horns and wanting to strangle us, please stop and change it so that it works for you. Or, you know, go ahead and scream TO HELL WITH THIS CHALLENGE and go to sleep. We don’t want sleep deprivation making you hate your friendly read-a-thon organizers.

Suggested high-interest, keeping-you-awake books: See Eva’s giant post of suggestions she gathered from her readers.

What is the role of a Cheerleader?

Everyone is a cheerleader here! Take some time to browse through the participants list and cheer your fellow readers on! If you’re social media savvy, check out the official #readathon hashtag and get in on the conversation!

 
I can’t participate, but is there some small way in which I can help?

You would go straight onto our mental list of Most Awesome People Ever if you would promote the read-a-thon on your blog or other social media. If you scroll down, you’ll find buttons you could use. You don’t have to say much; you can just say Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon is coming up and link to this page. Or you could just put a button in your sidebar. But if you don’t really care about being on our M.A.P.E. list, you could promote the read-a-thon just because your readers might be interested!

Or you could just sort of hover in the background and, if you’re not busy on THE DAY, visit a few Readers and say hi (or not). Some people might use the word “lurker” but here at Dewey’s 24-Hour Read-a-thon, we prefer the term “laconic blogpals.”

Will there be a chance to raise money/books for charity this time?

Lots of readers set up their own charity reading structure. Maybe they give $10 per book read to a charity of their choice. We see people do it in lots of ways. Readathon is actually taking on an “official” charity in April 2017, so take a look at the homepage to keep up with those developments. Also, sidebar. You knew that was coming.

If I want to be a Prize Donor, how do I do that?

Just email us at DeweyReadathon at gmail and let us know what you’d like to donate! We will love you forever.

GIVE ME BUTTONS! Please.

Here you go. This first button was created to include Dewey’s name. These buttons were all made by past read-a-thon participants. You’re also free to make your own (let me know and we’ll add it here) or tweak these.

 

 

 

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29 thoughts on “FAQ

  1. I having been looking forward to this for a long time, and then was bummed to see that the read-a-thon and the adult band festival (that my community band performs in – it’s an all day event) are on the same day.

    Imagine my surprise when I heard last night that the band festival may be cancelled because of the venue not being available (double booked). So now I get to wait and see if the rumor is true or if they find a new place to hold it on such short notice.

    I guess either way I will have a fun, full day! I’m just hoping I find out soon so that I know if I can participate in the read-a-thon. 🙂

  2. Hi! At this stage I can’t commit to a whole 24 hour of reading but I would like to put a button on my blog of the event, can someone please tell me how to go about doing that? I’ve got a Blogger account. Thanks!

  3. Alyce, I hope you manage to join us!

    Hi Angelica! First, you click with the right button of your mouse over whichever of the buttons you like best and save the image to your computer.

    Then, on your blogger dashboard, you go to edit layout, then add a gadget, and then you select picture. You click browse, go to the directory you saved the read-a-thon button to, and upload it. Click save before you leave the edit layout page and you’re done!

    Also, it’s not necessary to commit to the whole 24 hours…you’d be welcome to join us for just part of the day 🙂

  4. Hi! I’d like to participate for the first time, though I think I’ll also have to do several errands on the 18th, so I can’t spend the entire 24 hours reading. Will that be all right?

    I’d like to post a link to this event in my blog, though. It’s exactly the kind of thing I’d like to promote.:)

  5. Hi guys! I’m making my handy dandy read-a-thon spreadsheet (because I’m an ultimate nerd in addition to being just a book nerd), and I’m wondering if GMT will be THE official time of the read-a-thon (for example, will mini-challenges, deadlines and such be announced in GMT time)?

    😀 So excited!!

  6. Trish, the way Dewey did it, and the way that I think is fairest for everyone, is to just use “Hour 1”, “Hour 2”, etc, instead of a specific time.

    Priyanka Shetty, it really depends…some people read 5 or less, others 7, others 10 or more. It depends on how fast a reader you are, number of pages, font size…but the important thing is to read at your own rhythm and have fun.

    fantaghiro23: Welcome aboard!

  7. Here’s another button for your collection! I thought those who are looking for a spooky Halloween feel might like it, or it’s great for people with more dark themed blogs. I recently launched a horror review blog, in addition to my regular book blog, and I wanted a more scary button to display there. Hope you like it! 🙂 Here’s the link to it on Photobucket:

    http://s519.photobucket.com/albums/u359/miller4plusmore/?action=view&current=bookofshadows-1.jpg

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