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Streamline and enhance your book group experience in 10 easy steps.

                             

1. REGISTER

Set up your book group on bookbuffet.com by first registering yourself as a member. Create a name for your book group (can be edited at any time). Next send an e-vite to friends to join your group. Once they register, you will see their names/emails appear in the member directory. You have the option of remaining a "group of one," or inviting others to register and join your group. If you're looking to meet people to join your group - check out our MATCH FEATURE.

E-mails will be generated and sent to all the members on your list with all the information they need to join.

 

2. SELECT

Finding recommended reads is just a click away. Select an interesting book for your next meeting by using our links and resources. You can also search our book archives of member-rated books to see what other book groups have read and what they thought.

                             

3. BUY

Convenient, fast, and secure online purchasing ensures everyone has the same edition of the right book, on time. Type in the book title and/or author, and all members will automatically be able to see your current selection as the book information plus an image of the book cover will immediately appear on your group's home page. You can now link directly to our online partners to purchase the book for yourself or for the entire group.  We support Independent Book Vendors by listing stores that we have visited or that have been brought to our attention as unique environments offering locals and visitors a place to browse their stock, meet authors, take part in events and promotions. Check out our list—and drop us a line about that wonderful shop in your neighborhood 

                            

4. SCHEDULE

Add the date and details of your next meeting to your group's calendar. You can schedule your meetings as far ahead as you like, and you can also add other dates of interest. The most recent event associated with a book will display that book on your group calendar. So if you haven't entered an upcoming book group meeting, the book from your last meeting will remain on display on the calendar.  

                             

5. COMMUNICATE

Communicate instantly within your group to let them know of any changes, recommendations, or interesting news. Bulletin boards also allow you to "chat" with other book groups.

                             

6. NOTE

Write down your thoughts about books in your own private journal. Make note of good reviews, great insights, and personal comments. You can cut and paste information right out of articles on the web and place them in your journal—no need to re-type, etc. Saves time and ensures interesting and provocative discussions. Print out these notes and bring to your book group meeting.

                             

7. IMPROVE

Stimulate your book discussions by using our links and resources to research books and authors. Share an insightful review, an author interview, or provocative discussion points at your next meeting.

                             

8. FIND

Access our moderator directory to find a literary professional to lead your next book group discussion.

                             

9. ARCHIVE

Keep track of what your group has read by archiving book and meeting information. See who hosted what, and when, just by clicking back on the group calendar. 

                             

10. RATE

Share your insights about books with other groups by posting your rating and research in the general member book archives. This searchable database is another great resource for you to find recommended titles. It's the "Zagat" of book reviews. If a book that your group read is listed with no rating—feel free to add your comments!  There's room for multiple responses and each one adds to a more full and comprehensive viewpoint for the next reader.

 

As a bookbuffet.com member, you can also participate in the monthly moderator-led online book discussions.

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