How about having a "Book of the month" every month, where people may choose to read that particular book for that month and come up with discussions on the chapters read, doubts, clarifications, queries, issues faced while running a piece of code and citing their progress. It will give enthusiasm and motivation for readers of that book to have a company while reading the book.
That is an interesting idea and something that has worked in one other forums which I visit. However, the audience here is vastly different from the one in the other forum and I am not sure how well this will be received here.
We already have users who post questions while reading technical books (mainly for certifications), but that isn't exactly what you are proposing here. Maybe choosing a non-technical book might help the interest?
Either way, do you have any book in mind which you want to propose? Depending on the participation, we can then decide if it's something that we can move forward on a regular basis.
Pallavi Sadit wrote:My vote for "Effective Java" This book has lots to offer at each read.
Agreed, I think this would be a great place to start.
Jaikiran Pai wrote:Maybe choosing a non-technical book might help the interest?
There's probably some mileage in that idea but my only thought is where we would host the discussion. For example, I think that Pragmatic Thinking and Learning is an excellent non-technical book but in what forum would we discuss it?
I think we have two choices:
1) A "Book Discussion" forum
2) Use existing forums with the title of the book in the subject
If we go with the second one, it would be the same way we determine where a book promotion book goes - the best possible location. If we go with the first one, we still have the option to move all the posts into the relevant forum after the discussion period is over.
I think having the discussion in a "Book club/discussion" kind of forum as the primary forum would be a good thing. Then depending on the book being discussed, the topic can be added to other relevant forum(s). The advantage with a separate forum is that user can keep a watch on that specific forum, we can use it in our promotional mails to point users to that specific forum and some other similar things.