Terms and Conditions.

All entrants of the initial #BigBookGiveaway competition will be included in all monthly competitions between March 2020 and September 2020.

1. The closing date for entries is 11:59 pm on Tuesday 31 March 2020. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

3. To enter, you must be over 16 and live in the UK.

4. To enter, you must ‘follow’ @ataxiascot on Twitter and retweet the competition tweet.

5. The competition tweet will be “pinned” once created.

6. You will need a Twitter account to be able to enter.

7. The prize is non-negotiable, non-transferable and non-refundable. No cash alternative is available.

8. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified through the Direct Message feature on Twitter after the competition has closed.

9. The winner will receive one copy of each of the TEN books offered as the competition prize. All books are labelled ready for sharing, should the winner choose to do so.

10. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

11. The winner’s Twitter name will be broadcast via a subsequent tweet on the @ataxiascot Twitter account.

12. The decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

13. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

15. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or associated with Twitter.

16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

17. The promoter is Iain McGeachin, 3 McDowall Terrace, Maybole, KA19 7HW.

So why the change?

Firstly, to increase the number of books offered as prizes (plus the number of books donated to FareShare UK and Whiteleys Retreat, Ayr).

Simply put, this just has to work for publishers and writers. The better it does so, then the more willing publishers and writers are to donate books in the first place.

And more books donated = more books offered as prizes.

The second reason is more personal though.

As with the National Lottery, where I would prefer that 12 people won a £1million prize, rather than just one person winning a £12million prize, then the reasoning behind this is similar:

Instead of just one person winning 120 books once a year, 12 people can now win a minimum of TEN books.

I say minimum, because the number of books given away each month may increase as publishers/writers send even more books as expected.

The same number of books given away (hopefully even more!) – just shared between more people.