This virtual book club FAQ resource covers some of the most common questions we get about running our service and about running book clubs.
Each of our virtual book clubs has an online forum where participants connect with each other and discuss the reading. PBC Guru will share interesting content related to the book and ask discussion questions throughout the reading period to help spur conversation. At the end of each reading period, there is typically a week long end of book discussion where participants respond to questions about the book and each other in the forum.
Our book club programs are customized to the goals of each organization and read a range of books including novels, business, memoirs, classics, professional development, social justice, history and other topics. We look for books that are engaging to read, teach valuable ways of thinking and create opportunities for discussion. You can see some of our most popular books on our books page for specific examples.
Books vary in length but take an average person between 5 and 15 hours to read cover to cover. All of the books we recommend are meant to be readable within the schedule of busy professionals and parents.
We work with each organization to create a customized reading program. That can mean only certain groups in your organization participate (e.g. managers and young professionals) and/or that specific types of books won't be offered. Many groups choose to read books connected to their specific community such as books written by local authors, alumni, faculty or other community members.
Yes. We support organizations with one or many book clubs.
We believe that well written books offer a unique kind of value in the areas of personal growth and professional development for three reasons. First and foremost, books explore topics more thoroughly than most other learning tools which gives them the opportunity to affect people's thinking more profoundly. Second, well written books are easier to remember over time than an equivalent length of articles or videos. Books provide a deep dive in a focused area which we've found leaves the reader with more over time than a series of shorter media. Finally, many of our participants note that finishing a book gives them a feeling of accomplishment that drives them to want to learn and grow more.
Yes. Where books are provided as part of the program, each participant can choose if they would like to receive their books in physical, audio or ebook form. Physical books are mailed to participants while ebooks and audio books are emailed with an access link.
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