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Back in December we tried an experiment with starting a book club using the technology found at BookSprouts:
I've created the Hightouch book club, the place for us to read and discuss books that touch on the intersection of technology and culture (loosely defined). I've nominated a couple of books for reading, but it's a social site, and y'all can suggest books for the club to read. The site has a database of pretty much every book ever written so adding new suggestions is super easy. I set the initial ramp-up period on the longish side--10 days.Please join, suggest books, and be ready to cast your vote for our first read.
I've pretty much declared the first book club a failure. We had a good group of people subscribe to the club, we voted on a book to read, we gave everyone some time to purchase the book and start reading, we started the discussion, and we made it slightly halfway through the book with some good discussion. At least I thought it was a good discussion. Then the conversation died.
We could debrief the failure, but I'm not going to. It'd be easy to blame it on the technology, but that is rarely the reason these things fail. I'm just going to proclaim it a failure and move on. I'm ready to announce the new HighTouch Book Club. It is quite simply a FriendFeed feed. You can subscribe to the feed here: HighTouch Book Club.
Here's how it works:
- I pick a book. (I'm open to suggestions, however.)
- I post notes about what I'm reading to the feed.
- Anyone can read along and post their thoughts as well.
- Whether you're reading the book or not everyone is welcome to post their comments.
The club's first book is What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis. Please join us.