A non-fiction book club based across five European cities including Oxford, has launched a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise £100,000 to fund expansion. Rebel (www.rebelbookclub.co.uk), which also operates out of London, Bristol, Barcelona and Berlin, has 600 paying subscribers. Its Crowdcube campaign launched on September 30 and runs until the end of October.
Each month, members are supplied with a £15 voucher for a specific non-fiction book and attend a meetup to discuss the title over cocktails. Guest authors who have appeared in person, or via video, include broadcaster and journalist Matthew Syed (Rebel Ideas), economist Kate Raworth (Doughnut Economics), Seth Godin (This is Marketing), Ryan Holiday (Ego is the Enemy), money expert Laura Whateley (Money), Jamie Bartlett (The Dark Net) and British-Iranian journalist Ramita Navai (City of Lies).
Rebel Book Club was co-founded in 2015 by branding consultant Ben Saul-Garner and entrepreneur Ben Keene. Keene previously founded Tribewanted, using technology to bring together people from all over the world to carry out sustainable tourism projects. For more information, see: https://www.crowdcube.com/companies/rebel-book-club-limited/pitches/l8JW2b
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