Print or E, people still like to talk about what they’re reading. Some booksellers in the Chicago area are concerned, but others are not letting the new formats keep them from doing what they love–connecting readers with good books and other readers to talk to. They’re looking for ways to sell the new e-formats directly to their customers and keep the community of readers active with book groups meeting in their own cafes.
Libraries in the area also report consist attendance at their book groups, particularly specialty groups that focus on a particular genre such as mysteries. The Sugar Grove (IL) Public Library recently had a healthy crowd to chat about The Body in the Snowdrift by Katherine Hall Page. Nice choice for January.
I know this probably isn’t news to many of us, but isn’t it encouraging to know that there are other folks in the book biz working hard to keep the reading life vibrant?