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Old 17th Jan 2007, 15:55   #11
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Default Re: Book Group Review

That might be helpful but it does restrict it to out-of-copyright texts, ie where the author died in 1937 (currently) or before. Of the 31 books discussed so far in the Book Group, only four or five would qualify.
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Old 17th Jan 2007, 15:57   #12
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I think it would be reasonable as a couple-of-times-a-year thing to balance out against the other library loans/book purchases.
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Old 17th Jan 2007, 16:53   #13
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I don't think the book group needs improving - it's fine how it is.
Amarie's right - and forgive me for butting in again, just wanted to apologise for sounding so negative in my earlier comment. After all, you were looking for ideas from those who want to use a book group, not reasons not to join from those who don't.

Sorry. Ever so. Won't happen again.
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Sorry. Ever so. Won't happen again.
I should bloody well think so too!
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On the other hand, I think the Book Suggestion Swap we had for World Book Day was excellent.
That sounds fun.
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Old 17th Jan 2007, 19:28   #16
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This doesn't necessarily help for a book group, but if you're worried about the cost of books, give Read It Swap It a try. Of course, this means you have to actually be able to give up a book. If you are like me and won't give up the best ones, you can end up a bit embarrassed by what you have to offer. Still, I've done about 30 swaps since new year. I look here on the P for books I want to read (mostly by looking at certain people's reading lists), search the swap site, request a swap, and half the time someone swaps back. For the price of postage you've got a book you want. I didn't think I would like it because I like NEW books but most people are honest about the condition of their book so you don't have to swap for those that seem below what you desire.

Edit: This is UK only by the way.
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I agree with gil and Stewart. I just can't seem to hold myself to the book group schedule. But I have enjoyed the suggestion swaps very much. Maybe more of them would be fun.
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I like the book group and the notion that there are other readers curling up with the same book. Plus, I'm enjoying an introduction to the world here through the book group reads and nominations. Say Witold Gombrowicz three times really fast!

The Gutenberg idea or Palimpwiki availability is good thinking, but there's nothing like book in hand in my view. I think the idea to throw in a short story here and there is a stellar one. Nothing beats the immediacy of a discussion where the material is fresh in the minds of the participants and thoughts come from all different angles. It's more exciting to go into the book with others. But if the group goes by the wayside, it goes. No shortage of material on Palimpsest. I am able to get material through a combination of interlibrary loan and a little maneuvering.
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Say Witold Gombrowicz three times really fast!
Well, now that you mention it! Cosmos was second highest on votes last time, yet only 2 people read it (and 2 had previously read it). So why am I saying I'd like another book group? But I am.
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The Gutenberg idea or Palimpwiki availability is good thinking, but there's nothing like book in hand in my view.
If the suggestion was to read online, I wouldn't opt in. I sit at my desk too much already.
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I think it would be preferable to print out online texts, personally.
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