BuzzFeed News is starting a new chapter in its bid to diversify its revenue streams – literally.
The digital publisher is launching a book club in November, offering its readers a dedicated space for reading and discovering new books together, while it tries to figure out a new way of generating revenue in line with its editorial perspective.
The “BuzzFeed Book Club” entails access to an exclusive newsletter as well as a closed Facebook group, essentially serving as a virtual book club, where members can discuss the book of the month as well as get access to events with authors. Members will also receive exclusive discounts both on the book of the month and other top-selling titles. There is no membership fee to become a member – at least for now.
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