Books of Liberty Book Club

If you’ve ever been part of a book club you may know of some of its benefits. From the sense of community and the social benefits to the intellectual stimulation you get or a motivational push to finish the book, there are plenty of reasons you’d want to join like minded people to discuss your favorite topics and books.

But if you’re like me, chances are there are relatively few people in your vicinity who would take the time to read some of the books in your wish list. Thankfully the world is getting smaller and it’s easier than ever to connect with others across the globe.

The Books of Liberty Book Club was designed with you in mind, to create a community of people who are interested in the philosophy of freedom and all it entails, and allow for a place to gather and have meaningful discussions about the books we are reading.

While I have big plans for the future, as at the time of writing, the way we’ve implemented this is through Facebook’s Books of Liberty Book Club private group.

I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook, but I have to admit it is currently the best way to allow as many people as possible to connect socially online.

I’ve made the group private, not to restrict membership, but rather to protect the privacy of our members. I would like to encourage open dialogue and this is only possible if members are not intimidated by what their friends on Facebook might think of their posts online.

The most challenging aspect to Facebook threads, if you ask me, is finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. It’s not easy to look through past threads in a group that has hundreds of them. So I created a simple solution: each book will have its own thread, which is linked directly within the book’s page on Books of Liberty. If you’d like to join the conversation, simply follow the link.

The folks who join the Books of Liberty Book Club are likely to have a similar outlook on life, philosophy, education, politics or parenting. They will form a community in which you will feel at home. In addition and as a result, their commentary and opinions on our books will be much more relevant to you than reviews you might find on Amazon, Goodreads or other mainstream platform.

Joining a book club has never been simpler! Please consider joining our Facebook group and the Book Club, if you haven’t already. And as always, thank you for reading!

Books of Liberty Introduction

Welcome to the Books of Liberty blog

For my inaugural post, I wanted to share a little about myself and about what you can expect to see within this blog’s parent site, Books of Liberty.

My name is Daniel Shafrir and I love learning new things. Traditionally, this was achieved by reading books or scholarly journals, but these days audio books, podcasts, websites and blogs have increased dramatically the sources of information one has at their disposal. Call me old fashioned, but I still love the concept of a good book.

I am interested in a certain niche (one that should become apparent if you browse through this blog’s parent site) and while there are sites out there that publish or sell books within this niche, there is no one site that covers the full spectrum I am interested in.

So I identified a market opportunity: Build an online collection of books that captures as much of my niche as possible, and provide people with information about these books, from content descriptions and reviews to downloading and purchasing options.

Being an advocate of the free market, I am keenly aware that if there is an untapped niche, it means that potentially there are people out there who would benefit from someone coming in and serving their needs.

Who are those people? What do they need? And why? The more I thought about it, the more I realized how many different types of people I can serve.

    • Some think this niche is so small, there probably aren’t many books on the matter.
    • Some know there are tons of books, but don’t know where to start.
    • Some are curious to learn of what new books have come out.
    • Some are students who would love to know which books discuss which topics.
    • Some are bloggers or podcast creators who are looking for an idea of a book or topic to discuss.
    • Some have a shelf full of books but don’t know what they’re in the mood for.
    • Some are so jaded with the history and economics they’ve been taught, they no longer know which authors to trust.
    • And probably the biggest group of people just want to know what is the one book they can give their uncle to set him straight, once and for all, on a particular topic they debated this past Thanksgiving.

Regardless of where you fit in, there is something in it for you! At the time of writing, there are over 1,600 books in a variety of formats by close to 1,300 authors, editors, contributors and narrators that cover almost 800 different topics and subtopics! I’ve tagged each book with detailed keywords, representing its contents.

Instead of following the traditional method of organizing the books by hierarchical structure like at Amazon (where you must guess where your book might be hidden), we allow you to browse by topic, no matter how granular that topic is.

Not having a hierarchical structure also allows you to choose multiple unrelated topics and find books that cover a broad range of subjects. The sky’s the limit with the range of books available to us… why restrict ourselves to the searching method?

Another benefit of displaying the topics and not just having a blank Google search bar is that you can simply browse the list of topics to get an idea of what is out there.

All this is has been designed with one goal in mind: to help you discover books covering ideas that pique your interest!

So go ahead and visit Books of Liberty and see what you can discover today. And as always, thank you for reading!