What is the Library?
The Library within the application is essentially a list of titles that the Champion has approved for members to read as a part of your book club. Rather than assigning one book for everyone to read, we encourage companies to let team members choose for themselves from a list of approved titles. It’s a win-win: team members don’t feel like they’re being assigned homework and companies know that their employees are reading relevant books.
Populating Your Library with Titles
We encourage you to start simple with your library. You can continually add new titles to grow your library and keep it fresh. If you’d like some help getting your library started, we recommend adding one or two of our Book Bundles. You can learn more about these below.
Choosing Books to AddKeeping true to the customizable nature of BetterBookClub, this is completely up to you! Typically, business book clubs will add titles that are industry specific, aim to promote personal and professional growth, and are generally business related.
Book BundlesBook Bundles are a great way to expand your library and add multiple titles at the click of a button. The bundles are organized by category, such as Management & Leadership or Top Fiction, and allow you to choose a group of titles that make sense for your book club.
You can find these by clicking ‘Add book bundles’ on the Manage Library page.
Before rolling out to your company, encourage your leadership team to add their favorite business books to your book club’s library. Once you’ve rolled out the program to the rest of your employees, ask them to send you a list of their favorite business books. You’ll build your library with relevant titles, while also getting your employees engaged with the program. Win-win!
Supplying Members with Books
While the Library within the application does not house the books themselves, there are a number of ways you can provide books to your team members.
- Have a physical bookshelf that employees can borrow from
- Give team members a monthly book budget or allowance
- Provide a Kindle E-Book Lending Library
- Encourage team members to use OverDrive.com (a free app for checking out e-books and audio books from your local libraries on just about any device)
Physical BookshelfIf a majority of your employees work in your office, we highly recommend having a physical bookshelf from which your book club members can borrow books. Ideally, this would be in a highly trafficked area of your office to help keep the program top of mind for members and encourage participation. Not to mention this is a great talking point for visitors!
Start Your BookshelfMuch like your online library, there are many ways to get your physical bookshelf started.
- Purchase Book Bundles
- Host a book drive for your employees to donate books
- Check out your local used book store for budget-friendly finds
Your physical bookshelf does not have to mirror your online library. For example, you can have 100+ titles in your online library but only have 25 books on your physical bookshelf, and that’s perfectly fine.
BudgetMaintaining a bookshelf does not have to be budget-breaking. We recommend setting aside a small monthly or quarterly budget to help keep your bookshelf updated and relevant. Something as small as $50-$75 a quarter can be a great place to start – this is totally up to you.
Upkeep & OrganizationThere’s no need to go crazy with organizing your bookshelf. Simply grouping books and audiobooks by topic or author should do just the trick.
In order to keep your bookshelf in tip-top shape, we recommended purchasing hardback books over paperbacks. Hardbacks will last longer and get you a lot more bang for your buck.
Remote Workers and BusinessesYour company may have some remote workers, or perhaps your entire organization is strictly remote. You can still provide your book club members with books – it just may look a little different than the bookshelf we talked about earlier.
If your company only has remote workers that ‘check in’ to the office from time to time, have them borrow a book when they come in and then bring it back the next time they return.
If your organization is solely remote, there are a few different things you can try:
- Send books to members to read, and once they’ve finished they can either send it back or send it to another co-worker to read
- Set up a company Amazon account – Champions can order books for members and ship to their address
- If employees have a company card, give them a monthly or quarterly allowance for books
- Encourage members to check out books from their local library, listen to audiobooks (some authors and publishers provide audiobooks on YouTube), read e-books, or purchase the book for themselves