Reading Groups — Be Counted!


We all know how frustrating it is to try to find stats on reading groups. Help is on the way; a major national survey is in progress at Carol Fitzgerald, the founder of RGG as well as the many other sites that make up the Book Reporter Network, extends a personal invitation to EarlyWorders to participate:

What are book clubs reading? How often do they meet? Do they enjoy speaking with authors? We’re going to find out the answers to these questions and more with the 2009 survey — and we’d like your help reaching out to book club members.

The goal is to identify trends and topics that are of interest to book groups. The information will be shared with all of you as well as publishers, booksellers, and authors so they can provide the resources needed to enhance book group meetings and discussions. The survey is only open to readers who are in book clubs. 
The survey can be found at Book Group Questionnaire

We estimate that the survey will take about 12-15 minutes to complete. As a token of their appreciation for filling it out, each of the first 2,500 respondents will receive one of 28 titles, which are being graciously provided by our publisher colleagues. All other entrants will be entered into a random drawing to win one of 200 books. See the full list of 28 titles, each of which is perfect for a book group discussion, at: RGG Book Group Survey
We hope that you will not only take the survey yourself, but also encourage the reading groups you work with to take it and mention it on blogs, newsletters and listservs — whatever you can think of to help make this as comprehensive a study as possible.

The survey will close on April 30th, so visit Book Group Questionnaire to answer the survey now!

Thanks for your help. We will share the results on EarlyWord.



We’d love to see libraries well-represented, so please participate.

If you have any questions or ideas about the survey, email me, Nora.

One Response to “Reading Groups — Be Counted!”

  1. Ellen Says:

    another great post – I’m going to share this with our bookgroup person.