Product Management Intern
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R Martin
Over the past few years, I have transitioned much of my content consumption away from 30-second headline pieces towards long-form narratives. Reading (and listening to) books has quickly become a fundamental component of my learning experience. I read everything from detailed biographies to science fiction to novels on self-awareness.
Why do I love reading books? Why do nearly all of my smartest friends obsess over the books they read?
In a world where modern forms of media are evolving at hyper-speed, why are books still around? Why do we even still care about them?
It is this reason, combined with many personal motivations, that I continue to read books. And my impetus is always evolving.
I read to get lost in other people’s stories. I read to learn about concepts I never knew existed. I read to gain wisdom. To lose anxiety. To explore different worlds. To understand perspectives. To build empathy.
Of course, there are many reasons to consume books: each unique and none wrong.
I find myself coming back to this explanation often:
Humans love stories. For centuries, communities have been formed and inspired around engaging stories.
It is a beautiful, simple alternative to Goodreads. Check out my profile here.
So how does it work?
In just a few clicks, you set up your bookclub profile (via Twitter/FB login). From there, you can begin filling out your personal library. Adding a book to your profile is very straightforward and easy to do (we query the Amazon API to find the book you read). You simply add a review, rating, and date.
From there, your profile is ready to share all over the internet.
We have numerous features on the roadmap (quite literally infinite things to build) and will share a more in-depth view of exactly what those are in our next update (reading statistics, community feed, etc.). We’re starting, though, with a simple “digital bookshelf creator.”
When we started piecing together bookclub a few months ago, we were inspired by the opportunity to bring people and knowledge together. While bookclub profiles represent just one component of a much larger problem-space, we are still very excited to see how the community feels about this direction.
We’re live on @producthunt today!
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