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bookclub participationWhen asked about book clubs, 31% of participants in the 2013 reader survey said they belong to one or more book clubs. Included in that number are those who belong to online book clubs.

For some, online book clubs are a poor substitute for meeting in person, relaxing over coffee or wine and a bit of food before getting down to the more serious business of debating the merits of a given book. The social aspect of physical meetings seems to augment the experience, as does the ability to watch expressions and gestures for clues to what others are thinking. Proximity brings immediacy to the exchange and a liveliness that cannot be replicated over the Internet.

Read the rest of this post concerning the value of book clubs on The Inflectionist, an online magazine with the tagline CHALLENGE, DEBATE AND REPORT ON THE EXPRESSIVE WORLD.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

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