Basically it’s a new form of swapping books, sharing ideas, meeting people. It’s exactly what engagement is all about. Having a discussion, listening to new ideas, sharing information, having fun.
It also strikes Luke that it is a wonderfully old-school, low-fi approach: get some people in a room, get them to talk.
It also occured that an interweb extension of this would complement the intiative, but couldn’t replace it.
Luke’s conclusion is that though it’s important for us to engage on the net and embrace new fangled technologies it is equally beneficial to create platforms that allow people to meet in the real word. In this instance, at least, old style books win in the Paper vs Kindle war.