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Book Reading TV Network. A Channel Devoted to Books.


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Have you ever attended a book reading? It's magical.


I have to admit it. When I was young, I didn't like books. I dreaded every book I was assigned to read, and I didn't read many books on my own. However, I loved when my teachers read to the class.

In grammar school, back in the 70s, one of my teachers read a chapter a day from books like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "The Hobbit". After each chapter, there was a collective sigh as each of us hoped she would continue reading, so we wouldn't have to wait until the next day for more.

After that my interest in books declined once again, until I was lucky enough to have a wonderful high school teacher who read Shakespeare to the class every day. Dr. Driscoll brought the characters to life and energized every class with his passion for literature. That's when I realized I loved books, and I especially loved listening to them.

Since I seldom have free time to read, I found myself seeking out audio versions of books, so I could listen whenever I was driving, or walking my dogs. At first, I had some on tapes and CDs, but when Audible came along, I finally found a way to use that 3-4 hours per day to "Read" books. So far, I've listened to about 600 books this way.

Although Audiobooks have only become popular in the past decade, public book readings have been around for centuries. In ancient times, Priests and Scribes read books aloud because most people were illiterate. Now that literacy and publishing are widespread, book readings are still very popular. In fact, whenever a publisher wants to promote a new book, it's quite common for the author to tour the country doing book readings.

Publishers love promoting book readings because when an author reads from his or her book, the audience gets an opportunity to listen to a book they may or may not have had plans to read.

A TV or radio network that focuses on book readings would be a huge success. In addition to traditional advertising, it gives authors and publishers a way to promote their books.


Who knows? Maybe some of the people watching could be people like me, who didn't enjoy books until somebody took the time to read one aloud.

I'm not suggesting that the network read entire books from cover to cover. Most books today take 12 hours or more of read out loud. What I'm suggesting is that they produce 30 minute shows that feature readers who read selected highlights, just like they do when they promote books in bookstores.

That said, I think some books could be read in 30 minute segments spread out over multiple shows, sort of like a daily soap opera.

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