"On-line clubs can also address genres and literary Niches that it may be more difficult to build an off-line club around. Such is the case with the African American Literature Book Club..."
Slaying the Giant: How you can publish your own
"Johnson has been on the forefront of compiling information on electronic books. Although he feels it will be sometime before eBooks become the norm he does see it coming"
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It is a true smorgasbord for those who love African American Literature. Most importantly, Johnson emphasizes, "It is a community".
Black Web Site Supports Titles With Discussion.
"If you're a writer, reader or book marketer looking for a Web site that attracts a wide demographic of black readers, then point your browser to the African American Literature Book Club (www.aalbc.com) for a passionate discussion of books by black authors."
"Using the Internet to Advance Black Arts"
"The African American Literature Book Club aims to increase awareness of the richness of African-American literature. You can vote for a favorite author or book or try some fun stuff, such as a crossword puzzle or virtual poetry reading."
News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
"It's a place where one can browse, learn about African-American literature and participate in on-line book discussions. I like to call it "everybody's site" because most of the content was suggested by users, and participants continuously contribute to it." says Troy Johnson, the club's founder.
"There are some online services that specialize in books for black, in addition to Black Expressions. The most successful is the African American Literature Book Club..."
"...the African American Literature Book Club are popular stops for African-American book lovers. Troy Johnson, who founded aalbc.com in 1996 [Sic], labels response to the site Overwhelming"
Book Clubs Gain Influence
"Herron credits the country's prosperity with the recent explosion of publications, Web sites and books - including children's books - for and by African Americans... Sites such as http://aalbc.com, a literary book club for African Americans"
A Diverse Market for African-American
Books Keeps Growing.
"Thumper, the anonymous, popular and always opinionated moderator of the AALBC message boards. He also singles out Camika Spencer's When All Hell Breaks Loose, originally self-published, then picked up and reissued in September by Villard. "It's the crown of self-published books on AALBC this year," the moderator said"
Black Issues Book Review features the AALBC in their March/April 1999 issue
Book Sellers Provide a Web of Opportunity
Emerge writes a two page article about the AALBC in the July/August 1998 issue:
"...once inside this hidden jewel of a site, there are ample features to hold your attention and enhance your appreciation of Black authors and their literature."
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