FaceBook Changing the Face of Online Reading Groups?

Although many readers regard reading as a decidedly solitary activity and cherish their time alone with their books, others have found joining a local reading group also enjoyable.

And although most reading groups are decidedly local affairs, the Internet spawned more than a few online reading groups, where people who might not ever meet each other face-to-face can enthuse over books that widely separated members are reading simultaneously.

Fast forward to late 2008, when FaceBook – one of the largest and fastest-growing networks of Internet users on the planet – partnered with an independently-owned San Francisco-based firm to create FB’s Book Club feature.

Over 6,000 FB members have signed up since then –  some to discuss books online, others just to harvest popular or enthusiastically-recommended titles.  We don’t know for sure, but we guess the number of people participating in FB’s Book Club probably dwarfs the aggregate number of people participating in other online platforms dedicated to discussing books. 

To find out more about FB’s reading group feature, you might want to first read this press release. Then, if you’re a FB member, search the network for the Book Club feature (an “application” in FB lingo).

And let us know how any experiment you do with FB’s Book Club goes!

Found at iLibrarian via the OPLIN4Cast

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