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Old 10-09-2008, 10:59 AM   #1
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Online book club?

Hi everyone,

So last night I was updating my husband on the latest at MobileRead (I'm his never ending source for all ebook news, despite the fact that he's only marginally interested in ebooks...it's just his lot in life ).

Anyway, I mentioned that Bob and I might try reading a book at the same time, and told my husband that I had posted a thread inviting others to do so as well.

He said to me, "Oh, like an online book club?". I hadn't thought of it that way, but it got me thinking. My sister in law has been in a book club for ages--they read one agreed-upon book per month, and then meet once a month to discuss it (and they also eat all kinds of delicious foodstuffs while they discuss, which is irrelevant, since we're on a message board ).

I started wondering if there's ever been anything similar tried here on MobileRead, and if not, whether there would be any interest in starting one. I would love to do it...and it could be as simple as a couple of threads...one for choosing the book each month, and one for discussing the book after we're done reading it.

If there's enough interest, I'd be more than happy to kind of organize it and get the ball rolling. Let me know!
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:35 PM   #2
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:43 PM   #3
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:54 PM   #4
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I haven't been a member of MobileRead long enough to know whether or not this has been tried here. But, we certainly do this on my book swapping forum. There are a couple of "read-alongs" going on over there right now.

I like the idea and find that including a book club book is a great way to motivate myself to read something that is not my usual genre. If it becomes popular, I'd suggest running one with a classic downloadable from MobileRead and maybe another with a contemporary novel -- and I hope it would be one available for a reasonable price in the major formats.
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Old 10-09-2008, 08:16 PM   #7
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Lemme know if something gets organized. I'm in.
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I would be interested!
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:23 AM   #9
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Sounds like a cool idea to me. Might get me reading outside my comfort zone, which I like to do, but rarely actually do.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:31 AM   #10
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Count me in, Just make sure the choices are available for all devices. I am not gonna read on my laptop when i have a perfectly good Sony! Unless the duck will lend me her Kindle.

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Excellent! I think we'll have enough interested folks to get the ball rolling!

I'd like to propose starting each new book on the 1st of each month, and then opening a discussion thread at the start of the 4th week of the month. This will give folks three weeks to read, and we can then have one week of open discussion.

Also in the 4th week of the month, I propose opening a discussion thread for the upcoming month's book, so that we can choose together and discuss potential choices.

As far as book choices...as jerryleejr mentioned, I think we should select books that are available in most, if not all, formats; and I also think it might be wise to choose books that are reasonably affordable (maybe we could consider capping it at no more than $10 per book?), so that more folks can participate.

I'll start a new, official MobileRead book club thread for November's book, and I'll also PM a moderator to see if we can get each month's Book Club threads posted as "sticky" for that month.

Please let me know if you all have suggestions or constructive criticisms...I'd really like this to be great experience for everyone!

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Old 10-10-2008, 02:17 PM   #15
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One option would be to use books uploaded here. There are a lot of really good works in the pile. At least for some of the months, anyway.
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