Book Clubs in the Digital Age

When many people consider book clubs, they picture intimate gatherings in areas, fast food restaurants or libraries. Rarely do people imagine a book club as being a collection of GIFs, memes, fan art and fan fiction. all of which are how readers reply to media in the current digital age. Thus, with the coming of social networking, the regular book club continues to be given searching for update.

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Everyone loves to share and talk about the books they're reading - and it is the most important ways people discover books. Book lovers are embracing social networking to get this conversation to the digital age. Millions of readers log online not only to hunt for their next book, and also, to network along with other readers and authors, post reviews and be involved in discussions. Social networking sites play location of book club-type activities that create this online interaction. Here are several social media platforms you can check out for your non-face-to-face, online book club experience.

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With over 900 million titles listed, Goodreads could be the world's largest free social media platform for book lovers. Powered by Amazon, Goodreads allows readers to provide books to their personal bookshelves (current and future reads), rate and review books, see what their friends are reading, be involved in message boards and obtain suggestions for further reading choices off their members. For publishers and authors, Goodreads is the best avenue for promoting their books. Here, they are able to post book signings schedules, conduct interviews, plug book releases, share book excerpts in advance of publication and organize book giveaways. In addition, Goodreads carries a presence on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Launched in February 2013, Bookish is a social websites site that connects readers with books and authors, offering information on upcoming books and personalized recommendations. Comparable to Goodreads, Bookish presents readers various book titles and genres to pick from, while introducing them to debut titles, up-and-coming authors and genres they never thought they'd read. Readers may add books to user-created digital "shelves", rate and review books, participate in chat groups, read author interviews and get book recommendations. Bookish also functions as a possible e-commerce site where readers should buy print books, eBooks and audiobooks.

While bloggers previously hosted book clubs on the microblogging site Tumblr, the Reblog could be the first book club founded and moderated by Tumblr itself. Per week, Tumblr includes a book and users who will be interested to join within the discussions can add posts concerning the book in whatever way they choose - an itemized review, video blogs, fan art, GIFs, poems, letters or memes. In the same way, users can reblog other members' posts add their particular thoughts and responses.

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
Authors and publishers use social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to keep book club-like activities. Web sites work as platforms for engaging an enthusiastic and various online community of readers. On these platforms guests are invited to talk about a title, hop onto a chat, post links, tweet a good event or author tour, and organize discussions between authors and readers. In addition, book lovers and authors be able to network by joining discussion groups and fan pages, getting customized reading suggestions and doing contests and giveaways.

Whatever the skeptics say, book clubs will thrive inside the digital age. Apart from the same benefits that book lovers receive from traditional them, readers should be expecting a new and updated reading experience.