For readers in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia, the Apple Books app now offers a book club hosted by popular Canadian VJ and media personality, George “Strombo” Stroumboulopoulos who also hosts Apple Music Hits. For the new book club, Strombo will pick both fiction and non-fiction titles to read along with Apple Books readers, have conversations, feature authors’ interviews, and exclusive content.
Apple Books own “Strombo’s Lit” club opens with “Termination Shock” by Neal Stephenson
Stroumboulopoulos joined Apple in August 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and his Apple Music Hits live radio station “Strombo” connects artists and listeners. But his personal experience of enjoying reading during lockdowns and talking to his friends about his favorite books inspired him to host a book club.
Announced during his recent radio show and on Twitter, the new “Strombo’s Lit” book club will not be music-focused but will be a broad selection of his personal favorite titles catering to a wider demographic.
Neal Stephenson’s “Termination Shock” is Strombo’s first pick for the “Strombo’s Lit” club. Published in 2021, “Termination Shock” is a science fiction novel that focuses on the geopolitical and social impacts of climate change on Earth and human society.
Having said that, Apple told TechCrunch that the new book cook is not a replacement for the upcoming Apple Books curation.
Apple clarifies that the new book club isn’t meant to replace the Apple Books curation that’s already underway. Apple Books editors will continue to curate titles into various collections that are found in the “Book Store” tab of the Apple Books app. The club simply offers a new way to discover titles via Strombo’s own personal selections.
Apple Books app is available on the App Store for free which offers thousands of digital and audiobooks. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and requires iOS 10.0 or later.