Book Club FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

This virtual book club FAQ resource covers some of the most common questions we get about running our service and about running book clubs.

How do online book discussions work?

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.

What kind of books do your book clubs read?

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.

How long are the books?

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.

What input does my organization have in the books that are offered?

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.

Can I have multiple book clubs for different groups?

Yes. We support organizations with one or many book clubs.

Why books for professional development?
Why not focus on easier to consume media like articles and videos?

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.

Do you offer ebooks and/or audio books?

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.

What do I do if my question isn't answered?

Just email us at and we'll be happy to help answer your questions

Love From Our Learners

We love our customers and participants. And they love us! Here’s what some of them have to say about what we do.

“The Rutgers University Alumni Book Club is starting its third year with PBC Guru and we are very pleased with the return on investment. Our 1500+ registrants are able to network with each other and be exposed to new books and ideas, and we’re able to keep readers connected to their alma mater on their terms.”
Mary Clare Venuto
Acting Directory of Alumni Enagements and Annual Giving, Rutgers University
“We are able to use the book club to showcase and reference LSE’s world leading research as we connect literary themes to academic disciplines or feature LSE-led literature as a book club pick.”
Ceri Jones
Head of Alumni Engagement, The London School of Economics and Political Science
“The book club program has allowed us to engage alumnae who otherwise have not been involved with the school. They have been able to connect over the shared interest of reading and lifelong learning.”
Dana Lovelace Capers
Hathaway Brown (Independent School)
“The quality of discussion among the alumni participants has been incredible. It’s fostered relationships and continued their lifelong learning.”
Christine Lee
The University of British Columbia
“PBC Guru literally takes care of everything! You share some basic info and goals and graphics for the website and BOOM it's off and rolling.”
Beth Szczerowski
Director of Alumni & Family Engagement, Hope College
“PBC Guru has made the implementation of our book club very seamless.  They’re also very hands on with running it and make it clear what’s needed from our end.”
Lynn Douglass
The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business


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