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Questia is not a book club, but the Internet's largest subscription library, where you can read over 70,000 fully searchable books and journals online. An annual subscription is only $9.95/month, monthly and quarterly plans are also available. Questia allows you to preview their library: the first page of each chapter of each book can be read for free.

BOMC2 is a service from Book-of-the-Month Club offering today's bestsellers and tomorrow's discoveries at only $9.95 each, always with free shipping. Sign up in 2 easy steps, then create your personal Reading List. Once you have selected your first book BOMC2 will rush it to you right away. Get the top book from your Reading List each month. Buy additional books for the same low $9.95 each, with free shipping.

Since 1926, the Book-of-the-Month-Club has been the best-known book club in the world, offering the best in fiction, non-fiction, and more.

The Literary Guild offers 5 books for just $.99. Join today and enjoy a FREE gift.

Get a free book from Doubleday Book Club, plus get 4 more books for $.99 with membership! Then buy at up to 60% off publishers' edition prices.

Quality Paperback Books Club is the cutting-edge paperback book club championing the best innovative fiction and nonfiction in early paperback editions.

Doubleday Large Print Home Library offers bestsellers from all genres, all in easy-to read larger type at up to 30% off of publishers' edition prices. Get 4 books for $1 with membership.

The Children's Book-of-the-Month Club is a resource for parents who want to help their children build libraries and foster literacy and learning.

At the Mystery Guild you can get a free mystery book, plus get 6 more books for $.99 with membership. Then get up to 60% off publishers' edition prices.

At the Science Fiction Book Club you can get 4 books for $1 each plus a FREE gift with membership. Members buy additional books for up to 65% off publishers prices.

Get 6 books for $0.99 + FREE book with membership to Rhapsody Book Club. Rhapsody Book Club is designed for readers who are passionate…passionate about books! Featuring the latest romance novels by popular authors like Nora Roberts, Catherine Coulter, Fern Michaels, and many more. You're sure to find all the romance you need!

One Spirit offers products on personal growth, wellness, and spiritual development, serving readers committed to seeking meaning and balance in their lives. Get 4 books for $2 plus a FREE gift with membership.

Get 4 books for $1 + FREE gift with membership to The Military Book Club. The Military Book Club features the latest books by the most respected people writing on military affairs from military historians to former Cabinet members to generals to soldiers with a little mud still on their boots.

Black Expressions offers the top books by African-American writers. Join and get 5 books for $2 plus a FREE tote!

TIME Magazine, March 18, 1946:

PUBLISHING: Mass Produced Culture
    ...Book clubs are now booming as never before... This year, the 25 U.S. book clubs will sell over 75,000,000 books and gross $100,000,000, one-sixth of all U.S. book sales. The clubs' rapid spread is due primarily to the simple fact that book clubs are the best means yet found to reduce publisher risk to a minimum.

    Bonbons and Books. The man who put this golden formula to work in the U.S. is nervous, precise Harry Scherman, 59, a onetime free-lance writer. When he flopped at that, he went into advertising. For a client, he devised a plan to give away pocket-sized classics with each box of candy, was amazed to find later that 1,000,000 classics a year could be sold for 10¢ apiece without candy.
    So in 1926 he started the Book-of-the-Month-Club to tap this mass market. He rediscovered the ever-new old fact that Americans like to have culture sold to them. He set up a board of five culture experts, to choose a book a month for B.O.M.C. members. B.O.M.C. now has 900,000 regular members...

    Pay Dirt for Authors. He pays publishers 30¢ a copy to lease book plates, has the book printed himself. He guarantees publishers minimum royalties of $100,000, often pays much more. Example: he paid Publisher Appleton Century about $150,000 for Arch of Triumph. The publisher split this with Author Erich Maria Remarque, just as all B.O.M.C. royalties are split with authors.
    Exactly how much Scherman's club makes is his own trade secret. But the retail value of all books distributed by B.O.M.C. last year, including book dividends, was $25,000,000...

    Nevertheless, energetic Mr. Scherman is not satisfied. This month he will launch a new advertising campaign, which he hopes will boost B.O.M.C. membership to 1,000,000, make it the biggest book club in the U.S.
    That title is now claimed by Doubleday's Literary Guild (one of its four clubs), with a reported 1,000,000 members. Doubleday intends to keep its lead. The Guild will be plugged in Montgomery Ward & Co.'s new spring catalogue, along with Doubleday Dollar Book Club (its 500,000 members get reprints of best-sellers).

    ...Because of their vast success, book clubs have raised fears that books may soon be tailored less to art than to the requirements of the club's mass audience... But bookmen also argue that if clubs keep springing up there soon will be a club for every taste. And no one denies that clubs, by selling books to those who never bought before, have expanded the market enormously. Before the clubs began, there were only 1,000,000 people in the U.S. who bought books regularly. Now, in the clubs alone, there are 3,000,000.
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