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Best Book Club Ever?

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The good people at The Rumpus have come up with a new way of doing the book club, and it's awesome. I'll let them explain:

Here’s how it’s going to work. You pay $25 a month and every month you get a book in the mail that hasn’t been released yet. You’re invited to a moderated online discussion with the author at the end of the month which we’ll edit and run on The Rumpus as a feature article. You can also write a review of the book and we’ll run the best written review on the website. You don’t have to participate in the discussion or review the book, you could just subscribe to receive a new, unpublished book every month.

We’re going to try to only read good books. We’ll fail sometimes. Some books that are out now we would have liked to include are Sam Lipsyte’s The Ask, Emily Gould’s And The Heart Says Whatever, and David Goodwillie’s American Subversive. The books will often be hardcover, but not always. Sometimes they’ll be galleys, also known as ARCs, Advance Reader Copies, pre-printed paperbacks. It’s neat because we’re going to have a discussion about new books, rather than waiting to be told what books are approved for cultural consumption. It used to be that only people in the media got advance copies of books but that wall has come down quite a bit. Now everybody’s a reviewer.

It’ll be easy to unsubscribe from the book club at any time.

Source: The Rumpus

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vee_1
7/29/2010 6:15:33 PM

I agree with the other commenters: I can buy 2 new or 5 used books for that price. If the publishers want this "focus group" to vet their books, why don't they provide copies free, maybe not to an entire group, but at least to a subset?


ljacoby714
6/1/2010 2:06:38 PM

Essentially you're being asked to pay $25 monthly to provide content for an online zine. Very clever.


tom hendricks
6/1/2010 11:27:18 AM

Hardback books are not the best publishing anymore. Look to zines or blogs for the best writing, and most innovative. Remember novels are the cutting edge of about 1850 or so. Note the media (even UTNE to some extent) is covering the old half of the arts - novels and nonfiction but not zines and blogs, films and tv, but not youtube, mainstream recordings, but no myspace songs or post-bands music etc. For all media, if you want to go out of business avoid the new arts!


terri udy
5/31/2010 9:34:37 PM

I agree that $25 a month is too much for only one book a month. I can read a novel in a day or two! I might be more inclined to join if it was only $5 or $10 a month for only one book a month. When would the discussions take place? Are they scheduled? What time of day/night? Which time zone? Interesting concept, though.


joyce_2
5/31/2010 7:35:38 AM

Sounds expensive for what you get. Especially if you get ARC's. Advanced Reader Copies of books are available free from publishers and are not legitimate for resale. I'd have to be awful sure that I was getting books in the style that I generally liked, such as when my local bookc lub agrees on what we read.


bess
5/30/2010 12:56:19 PM

I think this is too much money, especially in that some of the books will cost you nothing.