Start a group

How to find members, register,
and run your book group

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Join the club!

three steps to starting a book group


Step one: Rally

Form a group with 7-12 people you know or see our tips on how to find more members for your group.

You can also search for more members or an existing group to join on our map of BDS book groups.


Step two: Register

Complete the new group registration form. You'll need:

  • A group coordinator
  • A list of books chosen from our catalogue
  • A regular meeting date
  • $30 registration fee

Once registered, you'll be emailed a login so you can manage your group online.


Step three: Read

Once you're registered and your membership fees have been paid, the book parcels start arriving and the discussion begins!

Read on to see how your first year with BDS will go...

Get started

choose the programme that's right for your book club


10 books/year

Establish an enjoya​ble reading and socialising routine with our most popular programme

$70 per member | $35 for coordinators


5 books/year

A bi-monthly option for those who want to take things a little slower

$55 per ​member | $25 for ​coordinators

Programme information

full and half programmes

How it works

BDS offers a monthly (or bi-monthly) subscription for your book group. You get the group together and we take care of the rest! 

BDS provides:
Your club:

When can we start?

You can register a full or half programme group at any time during the year. Your first meeting can be held as early as seven days later, except from mid-November to early January when BDS ceases dispatches for the holidays.  Once registered, we'll send you a copy of your calendar with all your meeting dates so you can keep track and share them with your group!

How much does it cost?

We are a non-profit and charitable trust sustained almost exclusively by membership fees. You can see a full breakdown of costs on our fees page. 

How do we find more members?

Getting enough people together to start a group can seem hard, but you'll be surprised how quickly a group can form once you advertise the fact you're starting a book club:

FAQs and Tips

For more information about BDS book groups and how to run one, see our FAQs and Tips page.

Social agenda programmes

If you're looking for more information on our tailored programmes for groups that meet our social agenda criteria, head to our social agenda page. 

More information

You can contact us any time with your questions, or to request a free information pack in the mail. Information packs include a hard-copy of our catalogue, registration form and info sheets. 

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