Published On: Mon, Jan 5th, 2015

Bibliophiles Rejoice: Quirky Mark Zuckerberg Kicks Off Book Club


Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg made a New Year’s resolution to read a book every other week, and on Friday he invited his 30 million Facebook followers to join him in what could become the world’s largest book club, said.

“I’m excited for my reading challenge. I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling, ” Zuckerberg said in a post. “Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.”
Apparently, his followers agree. Over 120, 000 people had “liked” Zuckerberg’s newly-minted Facebook group, “A Year of Books, ” as of early Monday morning.

The group’s first book will be Moisés Naim’s The End of Power, which argues that once-powerful positions have lost their dominance, Time said. Naim’s book has already sold out on Amazon.

The “year of books” is Zuckerberg’s 2015 goal. The billionaire is known for his quirky New Year’s Resolutions. Two years ago he challenged himself to meet a new person a day. Last year he attempted to pen a daily thank you note, CNN Money said.

Zuckerberg plans to focus on topics that express culture and the world from varied points of view. The Bible and Quran have become the most popular suggestions thus far, according to CNN. had the paperback version listed as “temporarily out of stock, ” spurring speculation that Zuckerberg’s book club could have the kind of game changing effect that Oprah Winfrey’s did. The book was still available on Barnes and Noble’s website, CNN said.

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