Video chats allow participants to see and speak to each other in real time.
FaceTime: Up to 32 participants | Requires iOS device
Google Hangouts: Up to 10 participants | Requires Gmail or Google account
Skype: Up to 50 participants (limit varies) | Requires Skype account
Forum discussions work best for groups who can't all meet at the same time. All options below are free and available in-browser or as iOS or Android apps:
Bookclubz: Create a club. Add book and calendar polls, schedule meetings and more.
Facebook: Create a private group for your book club. Add events, polls and more.
Goodreads: Create or join a group. Moderate discussions, add titles and more.
hoopla allows your book club members to each check out the same item at once. During the COVID-19 crisis, the monthly checkout limit has been raised to 6.
RBdigital allows users up to 10 audiobook checkouts and 7 holds at once with no monthly limits. Magazine checkouts unlimited. Audiobooks and magazines only.
cloudLibrary provides high-demand eBooks and audiobooks in a Lucky Day collection. Immediate checkouts, no holds or renewals and a shorter loan period.