Tinkers. The hosting couple chooses the book and will sometimes serve food and drink that match the story.
In light of the radical changes in publishing, I was pondering the other day the various ways our group has “accessed” the books we have “read” over the years. A quick list would include:
- Borrow book from library
- Buy new book from store
- Buy used book from store/yard sale
- Buy new book on-line
- Buy used book on-line
- Listen to book on tape
- Listen to book on CD
- Listen to digitally downloaded book (or creepy voice on Kindle)
- Read book on PC
- Read book on Kindle
- Read book on iPhone
- Read book on iPad
- Watch movie adaptation
- Watch heartwarming Hallmark adaptation
- Watch inscrutable YouTube version
- Read book on Sparknotes (oops)
- Don’t read book (at all, but fake it by saying "the use of color and texture throughout was appealing")
I probably missed one or two, but if you count just “platforms,” that’s a paper book, tape, CD, epaper, digital audio, and digital print. So, for a bunch of 50-somethings who grew up with nothing but the printed word, that’s pretty good technological adaptation, no?
I might add, at the end of every book group the hardest thing we five couples do is try to pick a new date when nobody is traveling, nobody has family commitments, and everyone has time to read the selection. In 2001, most of us would have taken out our Daytimers, or looked at the big paper family calendar hanging in the kitchen. Now, our date technology has evolved as rapidy as our book technology--though science has yet to improve our ability to actually find the next date.