What we read as a club & community
The authors & publishers behind the books we've chosen to read
Objective: To understand the gender, ethnicity, age, nationality & publishers behind the authors we've selected over the last 5 years so that we can make more conscious decisions about how we choose books for our community.
Objective: To understand the key factors that influence how we choose non fiction books as individuals. To identify any areas where we may be vulnerable to personal + structural biases. To understand the relative influence of external sources, such as the media and publishing industry on our choices.
We know we have reading biases. How? We looked at the 175 books we've short-listed over the last 5 years and asked our members how they choose what they read. The result? We've explored a great mix of themes from race, to AI, to gender, to taking risks, but more often than not end up reading books written by white men from Europe & the US backed by large publishers. This doesn't mean the books aren't powerful or mind-changing. They frequently are. But we are also limited by our choices in what we really learn. A lot of our book biases are built into the publishing industry's culture and its new giant recommendation machines. We want to shift that. We want to shine a light on more underrepresented voices, lesser known authors, and smaller publishers on the themes we explore. We want to read books from diverse voices across every subject we read. Whether that be the future of the internet, the science behind addiction, or on how to challenge systemic racism. A non-fiction club at the intersection of a world full of stories.
How are we going to do this?
For each set of authors, publishers and experts we line-up, we will consciously look for a diverse mix of ethnicity, gender, nationality & size (less established authors & publishers). We'll check-in and share our progress publicly every 3 months. Learn more and read a little differently with us.