oprah's next literary blockbuster

Posted by Jessica on January 21, 2009
Whether you love Oprah's reading taste or cringe at the idea of reading anything commercially successful, you can't deny that Oprah gets people talking about books. Lots of people. In 2008, 500,000 people pre-registered for her 10-week online seminars for Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth, and reportedly 27 million people have since downloaded the webcast. It can't be denied that this was a landmark event in the still evolving relationship between the Internet and books.

This Monday, January 26, Oprah is hosting her second literary webcast, this time for David Wroblewski's The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Read details here and invite your friends!

Readers are still figuring out how their online activity relates to their offline reading habits. At Goodreads, we believe that reading doesn't have to be solitary. Sharing a book recommendation and discussing a book's finer points is part of the joy. I have to applaud Oprah for promoting reading. And with 576 pages and Shakespearean roots, Sawtelle can't be called a lightweight pick. Will you be participating in Oprah's webcast?

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