Dispatches from the Digital Revolution
For those of you who haven’t heard, Huffington Post revealed the details of a new HuffPost Book Club that will launch January 3rd. Get excited, because it promises to be unlike the other online book clubs out there.
Huffington Post makes sure to distinguish their book club from the pack by emphasizing the role that you, the reader, will play:
“We want to know where and how you read, and what you can see and hear as you do so. We want to know where the story is taking you, and where your memories are taking the story. Books are a collaboration between author and reader, and we want to hear what you’re bringing to the tale.”
The group will take advantage of social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagr.am, YouTube, and Flickr to communicate thoughts and experiences between members of the group. And here’s the best part. The HuffPost Book Club also wants to “team up with local book clubs and independent bookstores” in order to “join your real-world community.” Very smart move, HuffPost Book Club.
During its first year, the club will feature “an eclectic selection” of 10 titles, beginning with The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht. On February 7th, the book club will host a free event at St. Marl’s Bookshop in NYC, featuring Obreht. Be sure to check it out if you happen to be in the area.
Nieman Journalism Lab commented on HuffPost’s newest brainchild, saying that technology and social media “shape the way we read a book, what parts we latch onto the most and perhaps even the way we remember it. It only makes sense the book club, the catchall for all those insights and feelings born off the page, is adapting to what it means to read a book today.”
I’ve personally never been a part of an online book club, but I have to say, this particular concept intrigues me. I like that they’re using both digital and real world tactics to facilitate a conversation between readers.
So if you’ve never tried an online book club before or if you’ve never found a club that suited your tastes, look no further. HuffPost Book Club might just be what you’ve been waiting for.