Random House Releases E-books Designed For Reading Groups

After reading a gripping fictional account of a time or place, have you ever wished you knew more about what actually happened? If so, then Random House Publish Group has a treat for you. Their new e-book line of Reader’s Circle Deluxe Reading Group Editions comes complete with over fifty additional pages of nonfiction content that will answer questions and encourage book group discussions.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (one of RT’s Whitney’s all-time favorite reads) and Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be the first two e-books released in this extended e-format. The new editions have what Random House calls “exclusive, author-approved annotations” that are designed to “enrich” the reading experience. And each reader can decide if he or she wants to access this extra content while reading their books, or after they finish the story, tailoring the experience to their personal preference.

Guernsey Literary and Snow Flower both captured readers’ imaginations and are perennial book club favorites. Thus, these New York Times bestselling titles are logical picks to launch Random House’s new line.

The two titles are set to be on bookshelves all across the Internet on December 12, priced at $12.99 per title. The books will reflect that they are “Random House Reader’s Circle Deluxe Reading Group Editions” on their covers. So, if you are heading online to buy the book be sure to look for that indication to make sure that you are buying the correct e-edition.

It won’t be long before this expanded line grows. Random House has picked several other book club favorites to flesh out with nonfiction annotations over the course of the next year. Readers can expect to see Sarah Dunant’s The Birth of Venus, Next to Love by Ellen Feldman, The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff and even The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (which we just announced was up for a film adaptation) all get re-published as Reader’s Circle Deluxe Reading Group Editions.

What do you think, will you be testing out a Reader’s

Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition of one of these books or do you prefer to read the book without the new edition’s nonfiction extras?