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How to Join and Get the Most out of Oprah's Book Club 2.0

Books, books and more books!

Books, books and more books!

How It All Began

The Oprah Winfrey Show first aired in 1986. She started out as a tabloid, talkshow host and quckly became one of the most influential women in the world and the greatest black philanthropist in American history. When Oprah recommends something, people listen! In 1996, Oprah started a book club. It was a mixed list of books, including both classics and new writers. Her booklist was used in libraries, schools and bookclubs. It introduced many new authors and rekindled new interest in old stories. In 2005, there was even a book written about her book club entitled, Reading with Oprah: The Book Club that changed America by Kathleen Rooney. It talks about her Book Club's positive influence.

Oprah's Book Club 2.0

Oprah's Book Club ended in 2011 and in June, 2012, Oprah's Book Club 2.0 was founded, moving the Book Club into the digital world. One of Oprah's goals with this Book Club was to see if she still had "The Oprah Effect." After taking Cheryl Strayed's Wild from number 7 on the NY Times Non-fiction Bestsellers list to number 1 for seven consecutive weeks, it was concluded that she still had "it."

This is a screenshot of what it looks like when you follow the highlighted link to Oprah's notes. There is another link to take you right back to the page you were on.

This is a screenshot of what it looks like when you follow the highlighted link to Oprah's notes. There is another link to take you right back to the page you were on.

How to Join

It is very easy to join and doesn't have any membership fees. In fact, the only cost you may incur is if you purchase the books which is not mandatory.

To join Oprah's Book Club 2,0, go to http://www.oprah.com/app/books.html When you get there, you will find a fun, interactive website that covers a myriad of topics. You can sign up to receive newsletters on several different topics or you can opt out of newsletters. Once there, you will find the appropriate link. When Oprah features a book, she doesn't just give you a title:

  • She introduces and interviews the author.
  • She researches and reviews the book.
  • She provides links to obtain the book.
  • She integrates the book, author and subject in all areas of her website.
  • She provides an e-book special edition, complete with her notes and annotations.
  • She provides a study guide with your e-book purchase.
  • She also provides her study guide and notes for those that do not purchase the e-reader

My Personal Involvement

Although I have been receiving many of the Oprah.com newsletters, my only involvement with the book club has been to read some of the reviews and articles about them. While I would normally jump at the chance to devour the list, I have been fairly busy. Today with a little nudge from Hubpages, I decided to to join. With my usual careless abandon, I immediately signed up and went straight to Google Play to purchase the latest book.

Wait a minute....I have never heard about this book. The title sounds intriguing and Oprah recommends it, so, it must be good, right?

Back to the drawing board (or the Oprah,com landing page!) Before purchasing the book, I decided to check a few things out. I decided to read a review and get a sneak peek of the book before buying it. I also decided to compare the cost and value. Getting ahead of myself, I prepared a table only to find that you can buy the Oprah's Book Club 2.0 digital edition in many different places for many different e-readers, all at the same price. If you don't have an e-reader, you can buy the book and get the study guide and Oprah's notes at her site.

How does Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Work?

When you decide to join the book club, you can sign up for the newsletter. I suggest that you also sign up for some other newsletters while you're at it. Besides providing good and interesting information, there are also articles that will tie-in to the book you are reading. If you decide to purchase the current book, you can go to most e-book sites. Just make sure that it has the Oprah 2.0 seal on it or you won't receive the notes and study guide. Once you are a member, you can tweet about it, visit the facebook page or read the various articles on the Oprah's Book Club 2.0 website.

Pros and Cons of an Online Book Club

ProsCons

You can read the book at your own pace

There is not always a deadline, therefore not enough motivation to finish reading it.

Unless you are in a "realtime" chat room, you can post comments anytime.

It is unconventional

It is unconventional.

You may not have the opportunity to meet your book club partners in person.

You can "meet" and interact with people from anywhere in the world.

You may not be able to have an actual conversation with others about the story.

There is instant gratification.

If you want to read along with Oprah and see her highlights and viewpoints, you will need to purchase all of the books rather than check them out of the library.

You will be introduced to many new books.

My Take-Away

I do not want to be hasty in my assessment as I only just joined the club. I do want to say that there has been some instant gratification as well as a one kind of big snafu. I chose to purchase my book from Kobo because I have the app on my Chromebook. Unfortunately, I was unable to access the highlights. When I tried it on my phone, it worked fine. I am also happy to report that it is working well on my desktop. I am disappointed that it isn't working on my Chromebook but will check further to see if I can change the format. All in all, I think I will enjoy being a member of this Book Club. I will continue to go to my monthly, local Book Club and look forward to the times that my two Book Club book choices will collide!

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."~Abraham Lincoln

Questions & Answers

Question: How do I submit my book for consideration to Oprah's book club?

Answer: You don't submit books to Oprah's book club. She recommends already published books.

Question: How can I get my new book recognized?

Answer: Your best bet would be to talk to publishers. Good luck!

Question: How do I get Oprah’s feedback on my book?

Answer: Oprah provides feedback on published books. If your book is not yet published, I recommend that you find one who can represent you. Good luck

Comments

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on September 15, 2019:

Thank you for your comments! I hope you enjoy the book club! It has been a great resource for me!

Marcellea Annetta Dorsey on September 14, 2019:

I think this is what I have been looking for

Phyllis Ann Adams on September 07, 2019:

I’ve wanted to join for a very long time

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on June 10, 2019:

Yolanda, You can start at www.oprah.com. they will guide you from there!

Yolanda on June 08, 2019:

I am interested in joining oprah book club.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 25, 2019:

Christa,

You can go online to Oprah.com. You can sign up there!

Thank you for reading!

Christa pellicci on January 25, 2019:

I like to join the bookclub

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 20, 2019:

Hi Charlotte,

I understand. It takes work to create a group that works for you. I am fortunate to have found a great group of ladies. Keep trying! You may just find a group that you feel good sharing with

Charlotte Coleman on January 19, 2019:

I tried to start a book club but know one I knew was serious so I decided to join Oprah book club I want to meet intelligent positive & people who motivate me to grow in my walk of life

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on July 14, 2018:

Hi Vicki!

Opeah's book club is not about publishong books. It's simply about recommending and discussing current books. There are, however other articles on here that can help you get as book published. Try this one.

https://hubpages.com/business/How-to-Publish-and-S...

Vicki on July 14, 2018:

How do i get my published book reviwed with a view of Operah adding to her list if reccomended books?

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on July 02, 2018:

Katie,

Oprah is not publishing these books. She is simply recommending them. There are many publishers here on Hubpages. If you use the search feature you should be able to find someone who can help you with that. Good luck!

Katie burkeen on June 26, 2018:

Hi I would like to know how i can publish my book? Are get my book out there to be reviewed by Oprah Winfrey?

Thanks!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 16, 2018:

I agree, Grace Davis! I enjoy the variety. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Grace Davis on March 15, 2018:

I think the book club is very refreshing. There are so many interesting authors.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on January 31, 2018:

Just google top books to read and you will get several different lists to utilize depending on your personal interests

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 14, 2013:

thank you so much, Erika! I agree with you. Oprah really is into the heavy duty. The one I am reading more looks like it too. In my regular book club, we decided that we have to spread out the sad ones!

SaffronBlossom from Dallas, Texas on April 14, 2013:

Reading is one of my absolute favorite things, so I loved this hub! I've read quite a few of Oprah's "book club" picks from her original book club, and so many of them were good (though so many of them were also deeply depressing...she wasn't one to pick feel-good reads). I will have to check out the new book club and see what she's recommending! Congrats on being HOTD too!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 14, 2013:

And thank you for the votes, Mary!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 14, 2013:

Thank you Mary! It's funny, I became really passionate about this one once I started! Thanks for stopping by! I hope all is well with you.

Mary Craig from New York on April 14, 2013:

What a great review! You've covered just about everything and anything one would want to know about Oprah's Book Club.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 14, 2013:

czczcz, Thank you so much for stopping by. This was my first year to join a book club, too!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Aww, drbj....you are the best :) Thank you so much!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Thank you so much, Careermommy! I can honestly say that Oprah has been a great resource for me for many years. This is the first time I have actively joined. With my schedule, I am not sure how consistent I will be but I love the recommendations! Good luck on choosing new books.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Hi Suzie! thank you so much! It was very exciting to be picked! I am honored! Yes, I remember watching Oprah and looking for the books. Back when I returned to the states (about 2005) I spent a lot of time with the kids at the the library. My library had an Oprah's Booklist section. How convenient is that?! Thanks so much for the votes! I hope all is well with you!

CZCZCZ from Oregon on April 13, 2013:

I've never been a member of her book club, but this was interesting to learn about thanks for putting the hub together.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Thank you Patricia! Angels and blessings are always welcomed here and sent back in kind! I do hope all are feeling well in your neck of the woods! xoxo

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Harmony155, thank you! It is nice to hear such positive words about an amazing lady! I have not read Wild yet but have read the interviews, reviews and articles about it and plan to read it soon. I have started 12 tribes of Hattie and so far so good! Thank you for stopping by

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

drbj, thank you so much for your faithful reading and commenting. Much appreciated!

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on April 13, 2013:

btrbell, this is great information, especially since I'm always trying to learn about new books. I can see how this book club can be very advantageous. Thank you for sharing it and congratulations on being hub of the day!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 2013:

H iRandi,

Congrats on HOTD!

What a good review of something I remember watching when it was part of the Oprah show. Oprah is missed and the club is a good idea for those fans and new book lovers everywhere. Great job, great review! voted up, useful & interesting.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 13, 2013:

Congratulations on HOTD. This is interesting and helpful for those who wish to join.

Sending Angels and blessings to you this evening :)ps

harmony155 from Atlanta, Georgia on April 13, 2013:

I'm a big Oprah fan and do like to read the books she selects. I read Wild and was so moved! Thanks for this exceptional hub on promoting a wonderful women who tries to make this place a better place for humanity!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 13, 2013:

Congrats on your HOTD! I barely have enough time to read all the stuff I want to read but Oprah's book club does sound interesting.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 13, 2013:

Thanks for the interesting information about this Book Club, Randi, and congrats on being chosen as the HOTD.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Thank you Victoria Lynn. I was really excited to be chosen for HOTD! I'll keep you posted on the book club!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Johnr54, thank you for stopping by and commenting! Like you, I have read some of the books here and there. I am not sure how much I will participate now that I have officially joined but I look forward to her endorsements!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 13, 2013:

It sounds like a neat club. Very informative hub. Well done! Congrats on hub of the day!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Thank you so much Comfortb! It is very exciting! I see what you are saying in being able to makw your own choices. I think that makes sense and will only be using the book club for ideas and info. I will say one thing for book clubs, though. I have been a member of a local one for a year. It has definitely opened my eyes to books I would not have read if not for the group!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Radcliff, like you I have read some of her suggested books and they did not disappoint. I hope you enjoy the book club. I just started 12 Tribes of Hattie and am looking forward to backtracking and reading Wild. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

You are very welcome, aylsbillones! Thank you so much for stopping by! Even if you don't actually participate in the book club, I have always found Oprah's booklist to be one of the best!

Joanie Ruppel from Texas on April 13, 2013:

Have read a handful of Oprah's official Book Club books and have never been disappointed. Maybe one day I'll have more time to sign up.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on April 13, 2013:

I'm sure book clubs are great as you've done a great job highlighting all the pros and cons. I do prefer to pick my own books though. It helps me keep my pace and stay within specific genres.

Thanks for this hub and congrats on winning the HOTD award.

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on April 13, 2013:

Over the years, I've read several books that Oprah suggested on her show and they're often very good. One of the great things about ebooks is that you can download a sample, which I always do before I buy. Thanks for sharing--I'm going to check the book club out right now!

Aileen Billones from Naga City, Philippines on April 13, 2013:

Thanks for sharing. I love reading books, so I am very interested to join the club. Thanks for letting us know.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 13, 2013:

Thank you so much, pinto 2011 for stopping by and for the very generous comment!

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 13, 2013:

Absolutely a great hub! Anyone who has even a bit of inclination towards reading like me would gain a lot from having gone through your hub. Thanks for sharing.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on April 12, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by, Bill! I know exactly what you mean. My actual book club meets monthly. I joined about a year ago and make only about every other meeting. I have aslways perused Oprah's booklist but I pretty much joined this as a hub challenge. I don't know how actively I can or will participate. Good luck with the new blog! Keep me posted (pun intended!)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2013:

Wonderful information and suggestions, Randi. I simply do not have time to take on anything else in my life. I'm working on a new blog, and the hubs, and query letters, and...and....and...

Have a great weekend my friend.

bill