The Sony Reader Store has announced the Sony Readers Book Club, a virtual book club for those who prefer to give their literary analysis online rather than in the coffee shop. Once a month, the Sony Reader Store will select one lucky book for the new club. Users can engage with each other via a monthly hosted meeting, which will include an interview with the book's author.
The author Q&A will take place on the Sony Reader Facebook and Twitter accounts, where users can also interact with each other and discuss the book of the month. The Reader Book Club will bring with it special offers, discounts, and downloads (for U.S. customers). The Reader Store supports Sony's Reader device, as well as Android, PC, and Mac.
In addition, customers can participate in a drawing on the Sony Electronics Blog for one of 25 VIP membership slots in the Reader Book Club. The selected 25 VIPs will get a free Sony Reader with cover and the first four book-of-the-month ebooks. Later on in February, the 25 VIP members can then attend an in-person book club in LA with author Michael Connelly (all expenses paid).
Said Natascha Helbig, Director of Sony Reader Store, "We’re excited that together with Hachette Book Group and HarperCollins Publishers we are able to bring these esteemed authors to our readership. The Sony Readers Book Club will not only offer book lovers unique access to a diverse set of some of our most popular authors but also a community where they can share their passion for books with other avid readers." The first four book-of-the-month picks are Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (November), Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (December/January), The Black Box by Michael Connelly (February), and When it Happens To You by Molly Ringwald (March).