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BBC Radio and libraries partner for ‘biggest book club in country’

“BBC local radio stations in the UK are partnering with libraries to create “one of the biggest book clubs in the country”.Altogether just under 40 BBC local radio stations in England including two on the Channel Islands are teaming up with libraries in their areas to launch a new Book of the Month slot, to encourage both reading and boost visits to libraries.The initiative, organised in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians, comes amid widespread closures of libraries in England, with a recent BBC investigation finding that 343 had closed since 2010, with a further 111 slated for closure this year.” (via The Bookseller)

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Mashable Reads is Your New Social Book Club

“Mashable is a destination for timely social media and technology news; and now we’re breaking into the literature scene to supplement your daily news updates with some soul-enriching, feel-good reads For the past few months, Mashable conducted its own book club where staff devoured Chad Harbach’s “The Art of Fielding”, Khaled Housseini’s “And the Mountains Echoed” and most recently “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. After countless inquires from Mashable readers asking to join in, we’ve decided to expand our book club to include our community. Not only are we going to pick one book per month to read along with the Mashable community we are going to have the author come into Mashable HQ for some social media fun, plus, through a Twitter chat you’ll be able to interact with the author directly.” (via Mashable)

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Oprah’s Book Club Turns Over A New Page

“Oprah Winfrey became a publishing powerhouse when she started her book club in 1996. Her picks went to the top of best-seller lists — and stayed there for weeks. But when Winfrey’s daily talkfest went off the air, the book club ended as well. Now she is reviving it: Winfrey has just announced her second pick for the Book Club 2.0: The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, a novel by first-time author Ayana Mathis about the Great Migration of African-Americans out of the rural South.”

via NPR

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Oprah relaunches book club, saying ‘I still believe in books’

LA Times – “Just in time for the summer reading season, Oprah Winfrey announced Friday that she’s bringing back her book club. In a video posted on the website of her OWN network, Winfrey said, “This time, it’s an interactive, online book club for our digital world. That’s why we’re calling it Book Club 2.0.” Her book club reboot is designed to take advantage of the new technologies available to readers. The e-book editions of her selections will be enhanced especially for the Oprah Book Club, with sharing capacities and notations from Winfrey herself. She also promises to use social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to conduct the discussion about the book.”

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Book publisher Penguin takes to Twitter for unique book club experience

TNW – “Since Twitter launched in 2006, there have been tons of unique uses of the platform, including fundraising, live tweeting the State of the Union, and now thanks to Penguin, a book club. I’ve seen some corners of Twitter take to using hashtags to create a conversation on the platform. While it can be difficult to follow a conversation on the service, especially in real-time, Penguin thinks that the time-shifted hobby of reading books is a perfect way to bring people together.”

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