BookTalk is the Internet's best FREE online reading
If you've been searching the Internet for
a great online reading group you are aware that there
just doesn't seem to be many quality book discussion sites
out there. Fortunately, you have found us and I'm confident
that you'll soon realize that BookTalk is by far the very
best online reading group in the world.
BookTalk started out originally as an in-person book discussion
group. Just prior to any real-life group meetings I realized
the limitations, complications and risks of creating a
reading group that meets in person.
BookTalk is not the typical reading group!
The typical reading group meets once
or twice per month either at a public place, like a
coffee shop or restaurant, or at a member's personal
home. I applaud those reading group owners that have
succeeded in creating book discussion groups that meet
in person, but I strongly believe what we have here
online is far superior to the in-person reading group.
What makes BookTalk better than an in-person
Thanks for asking this question!
With an in-person book club you have all sorts
of potential problems that we just don't have
to deal with here. Don't get me wrong. There are
thousands of small informal book groups throughout
the world, and most of them are probably worth
investigating and even joining. But the advantages
of an online group just can't be ignored.
With an online group you don't
have to spend your hard-earned money at restaurants
and coffee shops just to have the right to use
their building for your group meetings. You also
don't have the headache and expense of feeding
and cleaning up after a group of people when it's
your turn to host the meeting at your home.
And do you really want to invite
just anyone into your home? How do you screen
these people to weed out the dangerous ones or
at least the ones lacking common sense, courtesy
and etiquette? Once someone knows where you live
you can't click your fingers and make them forget.
Are you sure it is safe to have book group meetings
in your private home? And how do you ask the new
guy with the bad manners to
please not come again?
With an online reading group you
have no annoying background noises such as screaming
children, clanging dishes or rude customers. You
can make comments about the book without having
to wait your turn, only to realize that some people
don't really care what you have to say and will
never give you the floor.
The price of gas and the dangers
of driving are additional factors. It is far cheaper
and safer to enjoy your book discussions in the
comfort and safety of your own home. If you do
decide to join an in-person group find one close
to home and wear a helmet when driving.
And think of how frustrating it
could be to save up your energy and enthusiasm
for your book only to have one rude member monopolizing
the entire once-per-month meeting! You might never
get a chance to speak. Our book discussion forums
are open 24 hours per day every day and are 100%
free. Post what you want, when you want and to whom you want.
But why BookTalk? ...why not another online reading
BookTalk is different in many ways,
but the truth is we don't really have much competition.
In the 8+ years we've been around I have yet to find
another comparable online reading group. And I've been
searching! If you know of another quality online reading
group please email me and let me know!
So how are we different? To start we read and
discuss both fiction and nonfiction books for starters. Most book groups
specialize in just fiction books.
BookTalk.org is about learning, sharing and growing
intellectually. So we're not for everyone and we don't
deny this fact, but if you're looking for the very best
online reading group in the world you've
As a final note I'll say that you won't
find another online reading group that regularly hosts
live chat sessions with leading authors.
All members are invited to attend and participate in
our live author interviews and chat sessions. You won't
be simply a spectator as you can ask questions and interact directly
with our authors in a casual and comfortable online
To get involved just create a free account and start
posting on the forums. There are no catches and no fees.
You can even join the discussions bare naked. See, another
benefit of an online reading group! Try that at Starbucks.
BookTalk.org is a thriving book discussion forum, online reading group or book club. We read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books as a community. Our forums are open to anyone in the world. While discussing books is our passion we also have active forums for talking about poetry, short stories, writing and authors. Our general discussion forum section includes forums for discussing science, religion, philosophy, politics, history, current events, arts, entertainment and more. We hope you join us!