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Running an Online Reading Challenge. Tricks of the trade for three different approaches. challenge: setup. Started in 2007(?) with 5 teams, ~25 participants 2012: 14 teams, ~200 participants Form teams (At least 3 people per team) Challenge reading period: 3 months Report what you read

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Running an Online Reading Challenge

  • Tricks of the trade for three different approaches


challenge: setup

  • Started in 2007(?) with 5 teams, ~25 participants

  • 2012: 14 teams, ~200 participants

  • Form teams (At least 3 people per team)

  • Challenge reading period: 3 months

  • Report what you read

  • Winners: Individual & Team (average) pages read


no prizes but pride


my job as show-runner

  • Make it easy to participate

  • Encourage fun (have fun)

  • Provide stats to encourage competition

  • Share their reading discoveries


input options

  • Build your own database

  • Use a survey tool

  • Use an online library (LibraryThing, Goodreads)


byo database

  • MySQL Database + Form on your website


byo survey

  • Online survey tool (with export function)


library thing!


Logged In


“Add books”


“Add books” page


“Add to collections”


Select your name


Search for your book


Search results


Click on the title/author


It’s been added!


It’s been added!


Add tags


all the tags

  • Age Group: Tweens, Teens, Adults

  • Gender: Boys, Girls

  • Genre: Adventure, Chick Lit, Fantasy, Gentle/Christian, Graphic Novels, Historical, Horror/Paranormal, Issues, Literary, Mystery, Nonfiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Western


Likes, dislikes, read-alikes


To add more, search again


See your team’s books


Select “All collections”


It’s all the books!


Page count needed


No page count. None.


Page count = pagination


Page count added


Running an Online Reading Challenge

  • Tricks of the trade for three different approaches


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