The Inner Lives
of Book Clubs

This fascinating report is the first to get to the heart of the book club experience. It's based on two surveys of more than 5,500 people combined with BookBrowse's more than 15 years of book club experience and research. Its 56 letter-sized pages are packed with enlightening and usable findings that are relevant to publishers, authors, librarians, booksellers--and, of course, book clubs.


  • The attributes most successful book clubs share

  • What book clubs look for when picking a book

  • What people want from their book club

  • The 12 most common book club problems, and how groups resolve them

  • The link between discussion length and happiness

  • Why people leave book clubs

  • What readers not in book clubs think of them

  • and much more...

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Print ISBN:  978-1-7336192-0-2
Print LCCN: 2019900458

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  • I've spoken with over 200 book clubs in the past fifteen years and this report is not only consistent with my experience with clubs, it told me things I never knew about them. Fascinating, detailed, and highly recommended to book clubs and anyone involved in the book trade."

    Alan Brennert, author of
    "Daughter of Moloka'i"

  • It's a wonderful report, so very interesting. I learned so much about how to better run a book group, and it has re-energized me to make our group better. I think it should be given to every librarian.

    Terye Balogh, Milpitas Public Library, CA

  • This is an absolutely phenomenal report. Great job!

    Kena Clarke, Me Time Book Club, Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Fascinating report! A must read from BookBrowse!

    NYT bestselling author, owner, M.J. Rose

    • I have been running the Recycle Book Club for over four years and got a number of ideas from your report that I am anxious to apply. Thank you, for putting so much effort into making all book clubs better.

      Lloyd Russell, The Recycle Book Club, Campbell, CA

    • The report is fascinating, and got more interesting the more that I read. It is well written and informative, clearly organized and beautifully designed.

      Beata Obydzinski, Branch Manager, Monterey County Free Libraries

    • I thoroughly enjoyed The Inner Lives of Book Clubs because the content caused me to reflect on my own book club experiences. Also, I was especially impressed with the qualitative data, the defined intended audience, how well the research was conducted and how easy the report was to comprehend.

      Darcus Smith, Adult Librarian, Edmond Library

    • I think The Inner Lives of Book Clubs is fantastic. It gives a thorough well-rounded picture of book clubs.

      Seth Morris, Assistant Director, Advertising and Promotions, Crown Publishing Group

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