Biggest ever book group or what?

I’m not sure. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he’s going to read one book a fortnight and – well, let him explain:

My challenge for 2015 is to read a new book every other week — with an emphasis on learning about different cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies.

Thank you to all 50,000 of you in our community who gave me suggestions for different challenges.

Many of you proposed reading challenges. Cynthia Greco suggested I read one book a month that another person chooses — and got 1,900 likes on her suggestion. Rachel Brown, Bill Munns, Marlo Kanipe and others suggested I read the Bible. My friend and colleague Amin Zoufonoun suggested I read and learn everything I can about a new country each week.

I’m excited for my reading challenge. I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.


I’m not clear yet whether this means he’ll just let us know what he’s reading or will take suggestions. Or should I say really take suggestions: if 50,000 people tried to tell me what to read, well, I’d pretty quickly tune out the Bible ones but I think that’d still leave dozens of suggestions. A minute. Also, I’m mithered over anyone who says something like “I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books”. I don’t know why.

Read the full piece: it’s Zuckerberg’s blog on Facebook.

Hat tip to Re/code for pointing this out.

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