Friday, 7 September 2007

Plan de Fomento de la Lectura

On our arrival in the hotel in Amsterdam, I found this little book on the bedside table.

It would appear that the chain of hotels, NH Hoteles, are sponsors for the NH Vargas Llosa Prize for Short Stories and that they offer these complimentary copies of some of the stories (translated into English) for their guests.

This attractive logo on the back of the book is for the Plan de Fomento de la Lectura.

It's a government funded programme designed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport to promote reading. It seems to be an excellent idea all round, both to have a book to read in a hotel room, and the sentiment behind it.


  1. Hi ! It's the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain, I guess ? I think I've read once something about this programme, but I have never found any of these books, here in Spain... lucky you ! ;-)

  2. Indeed you're right, Pablo, it was the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. I think it's very enlightened of them to run something like this. There have been various small scale efforts to encourage reading in the UK but in fact I think BookCrossing has probably had more publicity.


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