Apple and well-known and respected talk show host/philanthropist/actress/CEO Oprah Winfrey today announced the launch of Oprah’s Book Club in the Apple Books app. The series of the same name will debut on the Apple TV+ streaming service on November 1.
Readers can find Oprah’s Book Club in the Apple Books app under “Book Store” -> “Browse” on their iPhone, iPad, or Mac. The first selection by Winfrey is “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, now available for pre-order on Apple Books in both ebook and audiobook formats ahead of its debut tomorrow.
Apple will make a contribution to the American Library Association for every Oprah’s Book Club selection sold in the Books app. The donations will help support local libraries and fund programs that give access to everyone.
On her new Apple TV+ series, Winfrey will interview the authors of her book club selections. The new series is also known as “Oprah’s Book Club.” She will interview “The Water Dancer” author Coates on the first episode on November 1. That is the day the Apple TV+ service launches.
The conversations with Coates will be filmed in front of a live audience at Apple’s Carnegie Library store in Washington, D.C. next month. A new episode will be available every two months.
“Few people in the world can bring us together like Oprah, whose compassion and grace celebrating the power of books are unmatched,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “It’s our honor to provide a new platform for Oprah’s Book Club and support the American Library Association in opening hearts and minds to the joy of reading.”
“I am who I am today because of the experience of learning to read at an early age. Reading opened up a whole world for me beyond the red dirt road and my grandmother’s porch in Mississippi,” said Oprah Winfrey. “I want to do that for everybody. And the opportunity to do this with Apple, to speak to people all over the world about the pleasures, the excitement, the tension, the drama that a good book can bring you … I don’t know what’s better than that.”
Apple first announced Oprah’s Book Club at their event in March.