Becoming a friend of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who last night on January 2, announced he was starting up a book club to a few of his close Facebook friends — make that 30 million — might result in an instantaneous best-seller for the lucky authors whose books he chooses. He set a goal for himself to read a book a week every week in 2015. The first book selection of his book club that he said he would read is Moisés Naím’s The End of Power. It is already sold out and is temporarily unavailable from Amazon, though it can be downloaded in Kindle form or possibly bought elsewhere.
The Facebook page that Mark Zuckerberg invited his followers to go to and like is “A Year of Books.” So far, tens of thousands of people have accepted the challenge and have said that they want to be members of the book club.
Zuckerberg’s Facebook page states that the books that he book club will emphasize on reading are ones whose topics include “learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.” Over 61,000 people have already Liked the “A Year of Books,” Facebook page, but some people who have commented wonder where to get the book, as it is temporarily sold out at Amazon.
One comment, by Charlie Bailey, praised the idea of Mark Zuckerberg starting up a book club, saying it might “be the largest collective reading of a single book to ever take place.”
Zuckerberg has asked people to comment on possible books that he should include on his reading list and for the club to read. Some followers have already left suggestions at the site, ranging from a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita to one called The Goal, by Eliyahu M. Goldratt.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page that The End of Power by Moisés Naím is “a book that explores how the world is shifting to give individual people more power that was traditionally only held by large governments, militaries and other organizations.”
While it remains to be seen exactly how much of a sales bump a book will get after being selected for Zuckerberg’s “A Year of Books” club, it certainly cannot hurt an author to have his/er book chosen for the honor.
Mark Zuckerberg has asked for, and accepted, challenges in the past. For instance, he learned how to speak Mandarin, has taught a class, has become a vegetarian, wrote thank you notes every day to people who have made the world a better place, and he has met a person a day who does not work for Facebook. He is always open to the idea of accepting ideas for new challenges at his Facebook page, and he announces which challenge he has decided to accept around the beginning of each new year.
In a post Mark Zuckerberg wrote on December 30, he stated that he takes on a challenge every year “to broaden my perspective and learn something about the world beyond my work at Facebook.” Before he announced his decision to read a book a week for his challenge, an idea that led into his formation of the book club “A Year of Books,” the billionaire Facebook founder had received over 47,000 suggestions. One of them was that he learn to speak another language, like Arabic or Hindi, besides the Mandarin he already learned.
Mark Zuckerberg is a pretty busy man, but he is always seeking to expand his knowledge about a multitude of topics. He has the public decide, every year, what his New Year’s Resolution will be, and this year, it is to read a book a week. He decided why not let a few of his closest friends know about the books he is reading, and he even started up a book club, A Year of Books. The first selection, Moisés Naím’s The End of Power, seems to already be benefiting from Zuckerberg’s inclsuion of it as the first book he will be reading, as it has temporarily sold out at Amazon.
Written By: Douglas Cobb