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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

Running an Online Reading Challenge

  • Tricks of the trade for three different approaches


Challenge setup

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

no prizes but pride


My job as show runner

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

input options

  • Build your own database

  • Use a survey tool

  • Use an online library (LibraryThing, Goodreads)


Byo database

byo database

  • MySQL Database + Form on your website


Byo survey

byo survey

  • Online survey tool (with export function)


Library thing

library thing!


Logged in

Logged In


Add books

“Add books”


Add books page

“Add books” page


Add to collections

“Add to collections”


Select your name

Select your name


Search for your book

Search for your book


Search results

Search results


Click on the title author

Click on the title/author


It s been added

It’s been added!


It s been added1

It’s been added!


Add tags

Add tags


All the 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

Likes, dislikes, read-alikes


To add more search again

To add more, search again


See your team s books

See your team’s books


Select all collections

Select “All collections”


It s all the books

It’s all the books!


Page count needed

Page count needed


No page count none

No page count. None.


Page count pagination

Page count = pagination


Page count added

Page count added


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Running an Online Reading Challenge

  • Tricks of the trade for three different approaches


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