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7 Book Club Success Stories [2023]

7 Book Club Success Stories [2023]
Start A Book Club

A book club consists of several people who read and talk about the books based on the topic or an agreed reading list. Setting up your book club can be a great way to enjoy books and meet new people. More importantly, a book club is a well-paying side hustle idea. Therefore, figure out who you invite to your book club and define the purpose. Do you want to learn something new, or do you just want to bond with other book lovers? Having a defined purpose helps you reach like-minded people to keep the book club close-knit.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a book club:

1. Rebel Book Club ($156K/year)

Ben Keene (from London, England, United Kingdom) started Rebel Book Club about 8 years ago.

$13K / month
2 founders / 0 employees
London, England, United Kingdom

Case Study

51 books, 570 subscribing members and £10,000 in MRR later and we’ve not only solved our own bad reading habits but helped a lot more people dive into different topics and share their thoughts with each other.


2. Book Club Chat ($48K/year)

Heather Caliendo (from San Diego, CA, USA) started Book Club Chat about 5 years ago.

$4K / month
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hi, I’m Heather Caliendo, founder, and content creator for Book Club Chat, a website dedicated to book club questions, reviews, book lists, and author Q&As.

My flagship content includes original and unbiased book club questions and book lists that provide lots of book recommendations. Since starting in 2018, Book Club Chat has grown to more than 5,000 visitors a day and it’s been an awesome way to connect with readers and authors around the world.


Learn more about starting a book club:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a book club?
-> Pros and cons of a book club

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established book club
-> Marketing ideas for a book club
-> Book club names

Other resources

-> Book club tips
-> Book club hashtags

4. BiblioCommons

BiblioCommons builds software that transforms the public library's essential online services—your website, your catalog, your events calendar—from functional to magical.

  • Website traffic: 15.3M/month
  • Business rank: #7.85K

Check out their full website ➜

5. Online Book Club

OnlineBookClub.org is an awesome site for readers. We have international book discussions, virtual bookshelves to track what you have read, original book reviews and much more!

  • Website traffic: 370K/month
  • Business rank: #68.7K

Check out their full website ➜

6. Book Outlet

Bargain Books at read-iculously low prices. Buy cheap kids books, fiction, cooking, young adult novels, & so much more! FREE shipping on orders over $35.

  • Website traffic: 830K/month
  • Business rank: #87.7K

Check out their full website ➜

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