Oprah Has Done It. Again…

Good morning! Oprah has gone and done it again. She’s started a new book club — Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. On top of that, she’s already picked out 60 or so titles that will be a part of the club. I signed up because I love reading and it’s even better when you have folks to discuss the reading with. Now I will be reading at least 2 books each month — one for the Inspired & Independent Book Club and one for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

O’s new book club promises to be an interactive experience on top of the normal “book club” experience. She held up a hardcover edition of the book for this month — Wild by Cheryl Stayed — stating that she (Oprah) still believes in books. I agree — I much rather have a physical book in hand to read then read from an electronic reading device. However, the demands of time and travel have me reading most titles these days from my Kindle Cloud Reader on my iPad. It’s more convenient for me to read from my iPad during my commute to/from work then to lug yet another book along with me on the trip.

Oprah has provided her readers with notes and comments about her favorite and least favorite parts and passages of the book. These notes can be accessed through special “Oprah Editions” of the book being read if you purchase the electronic edition. If you are reading from a traditional book, the same notes can be accessed on Oprah’s book club site. It’s a great idea to incorporate the notes in the electronic book editions so folks who are reading from eReaders don’t have to stop and go online to get to the notes. A great added feature to the club and to the books themselves — keeps everything in one place for the readers. It appears that she is trying to provide the best of both worlds for her book club — staying true to the traditional book club while bringing it into the 21st century technology-wise.

I encourage avid readers to sign up for both the Inspired & Independent Book Club and Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. There will be a lot of banter between members and many many great reads. Looking forward to the discussions…

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