LibraryThing Early Reviewers, Carson’s Intolerance, and a little boy named Garmann

The Intolerance of Tolerance
The Intolerance of Tolerance

In his recent post describing his adventures in international rights dealing, Tom DeVries highlighted one forthcoming Eerdmans title in particular that was, for him, the star of the Frankfort Book Fair: D. A. Carson’s The Intolerance of Tolerance.

In this book, Carson traces the recent subtle but enormous shift in the way we in the West understand tolerance — from “defending the rights of those who hold different beliefs” to “affirming all beliefs as equally valid and correct.” Carson argues not only that this “new tolerance” is socially dangerous and intellectually debilitating but also that it actually leads to genuine intolerance of all who struggle to hold fast to their beliefs.

Intrigued? We hope so!

Can’t wait for the book to be released in February? Neither can we!

Interested in receiving a free set of advance proofs as early as, say, December? Yes? Good!

As you may or may not know, LibraryThing (one of several excellent social networks for bibliophiles) has a really neat program called LibraryThing Early Reviewers. We’ve been participating in the Early Reviewers program for several months already on the EBYR side of things, sending out advance F&Gs of all our children’s books to selected LibraryThing users.

Recently, however, we decided to add a few adult titles into the mix as well, and we chose Carson’s Intolerance of Tolerance to be our trial run. Next up (in the December batch) will be R. Paul Stevens’s Work Matters.

Here’s how the program works:

  1. We post a book to the Early Reviewers page, assigning it to a given month’s batch.
  2. Throughout that month, LibraryThing users put their names in to request the available title(s).
  3. At the end of the month, LibraryThing selects fifteen eager readers at random to receive the advance copies.
  4. The folks at LibraryThing send us the names and addresses of the lucky winners, and we send out the F&Gs or advance page proofs as quickly as we can.
  5. The lucky winners read the books and share their advance reviews on LibraryThing, often cross-posting them on GoodReads, Amazon, Facebook, or on their own personal book blogs.

We think it’s brilliant — this innovative program that gives ordinary readers an all-access pass to the kinds of early information and advance sneak peaks usually reserved for big-time reviewers at major periodicals — and we intend to keep participating in it.

Garmann's Secret
Garmann’s Secret

We’ve posted two books in LibraryThing’s November batch. One, of course, is Carson’s Intolerance of Tolerance. The other is a children’s picture book — Garmann’s Secret — by Norwegian author/illustrator Stian Hole.

Garmann’s Secret will be the third book we’ve published about the little boy named Garmann. This time around, Hole’s spare writing and lush, quirky illustrations tell the sweet story of Garmann’s secret friendship with his neighbor Johannah — and his first brush with young love.

If you are (or are suddenly inspired to become) a LibraryThing user and would like to put your name in for either of these books, visit the LibraryThing Early Reviewer page to sign up.