Readathon FAQs

Here are a few questions that come up pretty frequently about and during 24in48. Any that I missed? Leave a comment and I’ll add your questions to this list.

Q: How does 24 in 48 work? Do I have to read 24 books in 48 hours? 

A: 24 is for the number of hours, not the number of books! Over the course of 48 hours, you challenge yourself to read for 24 of those hours. This can mean reading 12 hours each day, 20 hours one day and 4 hours the next, or 24 hours straight. However the scheduling works best for you!

Q: When is the next readathon?

A: Mark your calendar for January 27-28, 2018!

Q: What time does the readathon start?

A: The official start time is 12:01am ET on Saturday and the official stop time is 11:59pm ET on Sunday.

Q: What if I don’t live in the Eastern timezone? 

A: You can do one of two things: you can do the readathon from midnight on Friday to midnight Sunday in your own local timezone, or you can stick to the official start and stop times, which will obviously be different for your timezone. For example, if you are in California, three hours behind New York, you can do midnight to midnight, Pacific time, which would be, 3am Saturday to 3am Monday, Eastern time. Or if you follow the official start time, your readathon would run from 9pm Friday night to 9pm Sunday night, Pacific time. Here’s a timezone calculator to help you figure it out.

Basically it’s up to you. Because 48 hours is your whole weekend, you can do whatever works best for you.

Q: Will there be prizes? 

A: I hope so! I’m working on compiling prize packs now, but if you’d like to donate prizes (books, gift certificates, bookish stuff, etc.) please send me an email.

Q: How can I participate? 

A: Make sure you’ve signed up for the next readathon on the sign-up post, and include your main participation location and email. That location can be your own blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Litsy, etc. but you also don’t have to have an internet presence to participate. You can just sign up and that’s it! You’re participating.

But if you’d like to do more, you can use the hashtag #24in48 on all of those social media outlets to keep up with fellow readathon-ers, as well as check in to this blog as well as Twitter, Instagram, and Litsy during the ‘thon to take part in challenges, answer questions, and maybe win some stuff.

Q: Where can I find a full list of participants? 

A: Here! Go! Comment! Cheer each other on!

Q: Do I have to read for a full 24 hours? 

A: This is the goal, but many people don’t quite make it. Which is fine! The point of the 24 in 48 readathon is to dedicate a weekend to reading (while still allowing time for sleep and/or brunch and/or exercising and/or whatever else you might have going on in a normal weekend). You’re free to customize the readathon to best fit your life.

Q: How should I track my hours? 

A: There are lots of ways to stay on top of your hours. Some people use the stopwatch function on their phones to track the total hours read (just don’t hit Reset accidentally!). If you have a blog or Tumblr, etc., you can post updates periodically with your total hours, books, pages, read. But keeping track and posting updates is entirely up to you. I just ask that you’re honest in your counts when posting them here, especially as they might make you eligble for prizes.

Q: Do ebooks or audiobooks counts?

A: Absolutely! It doesn’t matter what format you consume your books, just the hours you spend doing so. (In fact, I highly recommend a walk at the end of each day, with an audiobook in your ears, to stretch out and take a break from sitting all weekend.)

Q: Can I read for charity? 

A: Absolutely! Every time we do this thing, at least a couple of people read for charity. They pledge based on the number of pages or books or hours read and donate money according to their reading goals. Need some ideas of charities? This list of literacy organizations is a good place to start, or do a Google search for literacy organizations in your area for giving back locally.


30 thoughts on “Readathon FAQs

  1. Nephele says:

    Hi! I think the days here might be a bit off. If the readathon runs the 11th and 12th (Saturday and Sunday), doesn’t that mean it starts at 12:01 Saturday morning ET, not Friday?


  2. Chelsea Fairless says:

    Are there restrictions on what genres of reading count? I’m wondering if reading scholarly articles for school counts… 😉 Or even newspaper articles, etc.


  3. Daphne Frieden says:

    Do the works have to be published? (does fanfiction count?) I wish I had known about this a few weeks ago. Whelp there is always next year 🙂


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