Ever been reading a really good book and tried to explain it to someone who had not read the book? Your words feel insufficient to really communicate the captivating journey the book took you on.  It’s the equivalent of trying to adequately describe the sights and sounds of strolling through New Orleans’ French Quarter or sailing along the Bosphorus.  Difficult, right? More and more, we engage with others while experiencing events in The Chaptr.  There were 2.2 million live tweets during this year’s Superbowl half-time show alone.  And 143,199 live tweets in a single second discussing the movie Castle in the Sky as it was airing on TV in 2013.

We enjoy connecting in real time because our experiences are enhanced when we can share them with others.  We watch movies together.  See plays together.  Listen to music together.  But, reading books is, for the most part, a solitary activity.  You read the book, enjoy it (…or not enjoy it) and move on.  In all fairness, in traditional book clubs, you discuss the book, but not until you have finished the book.  But, what about as you are reading? What about when you get to that insane plot twist or when you finally connect all the clues the author has left along the way?  Wouldn’t it be nice to reach out to someone who is reading the book at the same time? So, when you say ‘Can you believe that just happened?’, you get other readers’ raw, unfiltered, real-time reactions?

Satisfying that craving for real-time discussions throughout the entire journey of reading a book is what we do at The Chaptr.  How do we do this? Well, we started by figuring out how we could enhance the reading experience by bringing together the convenience of a book subscription box and the camaraderie of a book club.  Fueled by this desire to connect over great books, we built a community specifically for readers.  Our mission is to bring together book lovers and facilitate a village where thought-provoking discussions can flourish and friendships blossom.  To help accomplish this, we integrate social media into our reading experience in a way that promotes meaningful engagement between readers and enriches, not detracts from, the reading experience.

We bring our own unique perspectives along with us as we read books, which means each reader may get something a little bit different (or in some cases, vastly different) from the same book.  These varied experiences are what add a richness to the adventure of reading that you just don’t get while reading alone.  Those are the conversations that live in The Chaptr.

 

“Wouldn’t it be nice to reach out to someone who is reading the book at the same time? So, when you say ‘Can you believe that just happened?’, you get other readers’ raw, unfiltered, real-time reactions?”

 

So, if we had to describe ourselves in one simple phrase, we would say we are a monthly book subscription box and book club in one.  Yes, we are that.  But, as you can see, we are also so much more.

Here’s what you can you expect from The Chaptr:

  • An engaging community specifically for literature lovers. That means, at each step, we are asking ‘What will make this experience better for readers?’ ‘How can we connect readers in ways that are meaningful?’
  • Leveraging books as a means to open ourselves up to new perspectives. We choose books from a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction, so that each of us can take a step outside of our comfort zone every once in a while.  As we experience other readers’ perspectives on a particular plot, character description or protagonist’s journey, our own reading journey becomes more dynamic.
  • Exclusive content designed to spark thought-provoking conversations.

 We hope that you enjoy connecting with other readers in The Chaptr community as much as we have enjoyed creating it.  We look forward to hearing from you! You can sign up here to be one of the first to experience The Chaptr when we officially launch.

In the meantime, subscribe to our blog to keep up with us as we share our musings on all things literary-related.  Happy Reading!

Antoinette, Co-Founder

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