Top 5 online communities for readers

Social networking is powerful. One-third of the world uses social networks regularly. Studies show that 81% of shoppers use the internet to help them make purchasing decisions.

While physical book clubs and libraries are still very much in existence, online communities for readers make it easy for readers to buy books at cheaper rates, to share the books they are reading and their thoughts about them with a much wider audience.

These communities span across different genres including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, teen fiction among others. So whichever genre you love, you get.

And yes, books on these platforms are super affordable, so you don’t need to substitute your money your lunch money for books.

So, to keep you up to speed with some of the online communities, I have put together five successful online reading communities that you could you join to indulge in your love of reading.


1. Wattpad 

iWattspad s a community for readers and writers where one can discover new user-generated stories, spanning across different genres including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, spiritual, teen fiction among others.

Wattpad has become one of the largest social platform of 2 million amateur writers, 35 million voracious readers and 100 million stories among which 85% are mobile users.


2. Okada books

It’s a fast, simple and fun way to read books without ever leaving your couch! Send a text, choose a book, then download and start reading — it’s almost as easy as riding an Okada. It’s book reading, reinvented.

Books cost anywhere from N75 to N375, with authors making about 70% on each sale!


3. Talkingbookz

Maybe you do not like reading by your and prefer someone else reading out to you, then Talkingbookz is for you. Talkingbookz allows users to purchase and download audiobooks straight to their devices with a catalogue of over 50,000 audiobooks across business, health, self-help, fiction, management, and children literature, there is something to satisfy every taste.


4. Scribd (pronounced skribbed)

Your own personal digital library! Scribd is a digital reading subscription that brings you monthly access to the best books, audiobooks, news, and magazines. You have access to read everything from bestsellers and old classics to legal documentation and instruction manuals. The platform also carry a wide variety of sheet music, magazines, and news articles along with thousands of audiobooks!

Scribd is definitely a place to discover new books and authors.


5. Nook Friends

Nook Friends is the go-to social network for people who love to read. Create your own group of Nook Friends so you can easily swap books, get a friend’s take on a new bestseller. What is better and more cost-effective than exchanging book?

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