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May 06, 2019

Soapbox Article in Publishers Weekly

For twenty years, through our website at bookbrowse.com and our newsletters, BookBrowse has provided reading recommendations to book clubs and readers in general, so we knew that the perception that many have of book clubs—primarily social groups not engaged in serious discussion—wasn't accurate, but we didn't have the hard data to prove it.

So, last year we set out to look beyond the who, what and where of book clubs, and instead explore their group dynamics. For example: What do people want from their group? What motivates them to join in the first place, and why do they stay? What do they look for in the books they read? In the process we conducted two surveys of more than 5,000 people, parsing over 100,000 responses. This February, we published our report, naming it "The Inner Lives of Book Clubs" because it's the first survey to get to the heart of the book club experience.

So, what did we learn?

Read in full at Publishers Weekly

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