More than 20,000 volunteers will hand out 500,000 books as part of the third World Book Night.
Ian Fleming's Bond novel, Casino Royale, and Jojo Moyes' best-seller, Me Before You, are among the 20 titles being given away.
The event aims to promote literacy in the "spirit of generosity, passion and mass participation".
Each volunteer will give out 20 copies of their favourite book to people in their community who do not read.
Award-winning author Rose Tremain, whose The Road Home will be part of the mass giveaway, described it as a "kind of benign Ponzi scheme for the mighty word".
Author Tracy Chevalier, whose historical novel Girl with a Pearl Earring will be part of the giveaway, has signed up as a volunteer.
She will be handing out Tremain's Orange prize-winning novel as her free book of choice.
Writer and comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli will host an evening of readings by authors, poets and performers in one of four events across the UK.
His event at London's Southbank will feature Irish playwright Sebastian Barry, actor Charles Dance and One Day writer David Nicholls.
Hundreds of libraries, village halls and local book clubs will celebrate World Book Night across the UK which will see 100,000 of the 500,000 books distributed in hospitals, shelters, care homes, community centres and prisons.
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