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TBR Friends & Fam – Full Insiders List

Hello again, Insider friends!

Last week’s Friends & Family sharing was really fun, and you’re now welcome to tell your bookish internet pals about TBR. Please invite them check out mytbr.co/friendsandfam and use the tag #getTBR if you’re so inclined.

You’re also welcome to share the image below or forward this email to your favorite readerly friends. Thanks, as always, for rocking with us!

 

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TBR Insiders Launch

For as long as Book Riot has been around, we’ve heard from diehard book nerds who dream of getting truly personalized book recommendations. Today, we are thrilled to introduce TBR (Tailored Book Recommendations) to offer you just that!

We’re opening the doors to Insiders first because 1) early access to new Book Riot stuff is one of the perks of being an Insider, and 2) as with any brand-new internet thing, glitches and bugs can pop up, and we know you’ll help us squash them. Please keep this beta special by not sharing it on social or outside the BR community.

We’re excited to hear your feedback and make TBR as rad as it can possibly be, and we’ll let you know when it’s cool to tell the world. For now, come on in and check it out.

 

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062917 – Annotated Launch PR

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2017
Contact: Jeff O’Neal
jeff@riotnewmedia.com

ANNOTATED A NEW BOOK RIOT PODCAST AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD NOW

Telling stories about books, reading, and language, the first season presented by Hachette Book Group kicks off today with “Is it 1984 yet?”

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(Brooklyn, NY) – Annotated, a podcast telling stories about books, reading, and language became available for download today. “Is it 1984 yet?” will kick off the six-episode season, telling the backstory of George Orwell’s 1984, with future episodes touching on indie bookselling, the world’s most glamorous librarian, and the court case that changed the way the First Amendment was applied to literature. Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky host the podcast with episodes written by award-winning musical theatre bookwriter and lyricist Jeremy Desmon. Sound editing and design is by Kyle O’Neal.

“This podcast is different from the news, recommendations, and genre podcasts Book Riot produces,” said Book Riot Executive Editor Jeff O’Neal. “These episodes are short audio documentaries about the richness of books that readers of all stripes can appreciate.”

The first episode, “Is it 1984 yet?” traces the recent rise of the not-new 1984 to the number one spot on Amazon’s best-selling books list. Jeff and Rebecca explore the backstory of 1984, from how it became stock high school reading to its CIA-supported appearance on the silver screen, to how, seemingly, a January 22nd news interview thrust it back into our collective consciousness as the example of a political nightmare.

Listeners may subscribe to Annotated for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or via RSS through their podcatcher of choice. The first episode releases today, June 29, with future episodes releasing every two weeks on Thursday.

Annotated is presented by Hachette Book Group.

About Riot New Media Group, Inc:
Riot New Media Group, founded in 2011, creates communities dedicated to the idea that content around fandoms should be just as diverse as the fans are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes we’re silly. Some of our contributors are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review, and we believe that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both. RNMG reaches 11MM monthly unique visitors through Book Riot, Book Riot Comics, and the Riot Ad Network.

Annotated: bookriot.com/annotated
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/bookriot
On Twitter: @BookRiot
On Instagram: @BookRiot
On Tumblr: bookriot.tumblr.com

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Annotated Promo to Events Newsletter

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our newest podcast, Annotated, coming to your ears as of today! Presented by Hachette Book Group, Annotated is an audio documentary series about books, reading, and language. We’re kicking things off with a deep dive into George Orwell’s 1984: how it became stock high school reading, its CIA-supported appearance on the silver screen, its current resurgence, and more. Check it out at bookriot.com/annotated or search for Annotated in Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or your podcatcher of choice.

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BRI PR – 04-12-17

News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2017
Contact: Jenn Northington
jenn@riotnewmedia.com

BOOK RIOT ANNOUNCES INSIDERS, AN EXCLUSIVE NEW SUBSCRIBER PROGRAM
Subscriptions are now available with behind-the-scenes access, extras, deals, and more

(Brooklyn, NY) – Book Riot announced on Wednesday their new Insiders program, which will allow subscribers exclusive access to features including a curated new releases calendar, a subscribers-only forum, a podcast dedicated to the Read Harder challenge, a glimpse at operations behind-the-scene, and special deals to the Book Riot store.

“This is a project we’ve had on our minds for some time, and we’re delighted to launch it,” said editorial operations manager Jenn Northington. “Our community is full of incredible people, and we’re excited to have another way for them to interact with us and each other, as well as get some great perks!”

The perks in question are organized around common feature requests from Book Riot’s readers. For example, while there is already a thriving Goodreads group for the 2017 Read Harder Challenge, which encourages participants to step outside their usual reading comfort zones, the dedicated podcast will provide curated picks from Book Riot contributors Josh Corman and S. Zainab Williams. The New Releases Index will give subscribers an interactive, customizable way to track upcoming books, and the subscribers-only forum will give Insiders a place to compare reading notes, chat with Book Riot staff and contributors, and get personalized book recommendations.

“Book Riot is what it is today because of the passionate community of book lovers who have come together online and in person to celebrate the power of reading,” said Rebecca Schinsky, executive director of product and e-commerce. “We’re always looking for new ways to connect with readers–and to connect readers with each other–and Book Riot Insiders allows us to do that while also providing new content, tools, and digital gathering places to enrich readers’ lives.”

Readers can subscribe starting at $3 per month or $29 per year; the full list of levels and features is available at https://insiders.bookriot.com.

About Riot New Media Group, Inc:
Riot New Media Group, founded in 2011, creates communities dedicated to the idea that content around fandoms should be just as diverse as the fans are. So sometimes we are serious and sometimes we’re silly. Some of our contributors are pros. Many of them aren’t. We like a good list just as much as we like a good review, and we believe that there are smart, funny, and informative things to say about both. RNMG reaches 12MM monthly unique visitors through Book Riot, Book Riot Comics, and the Riot Ad Network.

Book Riot Insiders: insiders.bookriot.com
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/bookriot
On Twitter: @BookRiot
On Instagram: @BookRiot
On Tumblr: bookriot.tumblr.com

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Find (Or Start) A Book Group Near You!

Ready, set, book club!

We’ve been hard at work figuring out how to make our Read Harder Book Groups more accessible and flexible since the demand for new groups far outstrips our ability to provide a contributor to host them, as some of you know first-hand. After a lot of thought and brainstorming, we’re turning over hosting and group logistics to YOU.

We’ve updated our site to provide resources for those who run (or want to start!) a group; you can also submit your group to be listed, if it’s open to the public. And we’ve launched In The Club, a book-group focused newsletter with resources and recommendations to keep your group well-met and well-read.

So here’s your step-by-step manual for joining the book group scene:

1. Download our Book Group in a Box guide.
2. Sign up for our In the Club newsletter.
3. Check the listings on the Book Group Resources page and join (or organize!) a group in your area.
4. READ ALL THE BOOKS.

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Join The Book Riot #RiotGrams Instagram Challenge

Looking for a way to play with Bookstagram (aka: Instagram of the book variety)? Then we’ve got a month-long challenge for you!

To take part, just snap a photo relating to the day’s topic and share on Instagram and/or Litsy with the hashtag #RiotGrams. Do as many prompts as you want to this month or do just a few. If you haven’t started, you can hop in with today’s prompt or go back and do a bunch of prompts at once.

The rules are simple and the fun is yours to have.

Stuck on any of the prompts? Maybe some of these suggestions can help.

Once you share, check out the other photos under the hash tag and find yourself loads and loads of new bookish friends. Simple enough!

 

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Join Us For Read Harder Book Groups In January!

It’s a new year and a whole new chance to make some reading resolutions (and maybe even keep them)! Join us as we discuss our holiday reading, prioritize our TBRs for the year ahead, decide which reading challenges we’re going to do, and generally geek out about books.

New York City, NY – 1/14
Boston, MA – 1/14
Philadelphia, PA – 1/15
Vancouver, BC – 1/19
Chicago, IL – 1/19
Los Angeles, CA – 1/21
Glasgow, GB – 1/21
Washington, DC – 1/22
Houston, TX – 1/22
Toronto, ON – 1/22

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Join Us For Read Harder Book Group This Week!

While some of our Read Harder Book Groups are taking December off for the holidays, there are still four of them meeting. Join us if you’re nearby; and for everyone else, we’ll hope to see you in January!

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Chicago, IL – 12/15
NYC, NY – 12/17
Philadelphia, PA – 12/18
Washington, DC – 12/18

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Join Us For Read Harder Book Groups in November!

This month’s Read Harder Book Groups are sponsored by Feiwel and Friends, publisher of Heartless by Marissa Meyer.


As we discovered this past weekend at Book Riot Live, there’s no time like the present to spend time with your fellow booknerds. You live in one of our Read Harder Book Group cities, and we’d love for you to come talk with us about what you’re reading right now, what you might read next, what you’ve read this past year — all fair game. Hope to see you soon!

Vancouver, BC – 11/17
Chicago, IL – 11/17
New York City, NY – 11/19
Los Angeles, CA – 11/19
Glasgow, GB – 11/19
Boston, MA – 11/19
Philadelphia, PA – 11/20
Houston, TX – 11/20
Washington, DC – 11/20
Toronto, ON – 11/26