What should our online book club read next?

What should our online book club read next?  After all, what better way to start a new year than by reading a book together!

(One note from our last reading: Benjamin Kahn published a fine blog post about Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction.  You can find all of my posts, your comments, and links about that important book here.)

Hunter reading

Our cat Hunter likes to read with us sometimes.

If you’re new to the book club, know that since 2014 we’ve been reading titles that cover different ways of approaching education, technology, and the future.  Books have included media historynear-future science fiction, education economics, anti-authoritarian schoolingchanges in higher educationsociology of classthe emerging world of automation, and the 21st century’s most important work of economics so far.

Some authors have kindly interacted with us as we read their works.  Several have engaged with us via Twitter, like Tressie Cottom and Malka Older. As our book club progressed, some of the authors have been guests on the Future Trends Forum; scroll down on that link and see.

Today’s poll is based on the latest one for nonfiction, back in fall 2017. I have cut several titles from previous lists that fail to win any votes, and added a couple of new ones that look exciting.  You can see that there’s a mix of subjects, from pedagogy to technology, economics to online life, scholarly publishing and public policy.  Most are pretty recent.  Some will seem especially relevant to some of you based on current events.

Here’s the poll, if you’d like to jump right in.  You get up to three (3) votes.  If you want more information about the titles, just scroll down to the full list just below.


Below is the full list as a kind of annotated bibliography. I’ve linked to pages for each one, including those from publishers, Amazon, and the authors themselves, plus some relevant further readings (interviews, articles, etc.) and acknowledgements to the good folks who nominated several titles.

You can vote in this poll, and also add thoughts in comments below.  You can support up to three titles.

I’m looking forward to your choices!

PS: soon I’ll launch a bookstore where you can purchase these titles.

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8 Responses to What should our online book club read next?

  1. Snap. I thought I had suggested “Robot-proof: Higher education in the age of artificial intelligence.”
    Maybe next time!

  2. Bryan, I was in this book club for the science fiction. Has that focus been dropped? Thanks, Sandy


  3. Pingback: Our book club’s next reading is… Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything | Bryan Alexander

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