Oprah’s Book Club Set to Premiere Exclusively on Apple TV+ Worldwide
Oprah Winfrey is bringing her famed book membership to Apple’s new streaming subscription service. The company announced Monday it’s partnering with Winfrey to launch “Oprah’s Ebook Membership,” a brand new collection on Apple TV+. Winfrey will interview chosen authors all through the collection, with new episodes premiering every two months.
The Water Dancer
For the first installment, Winfrey has chosen “The Water Dancer,” the debut novel by celebrated nonfiction author Ta-Nehisi Coates. The episode will premiere on Nov. 1. which is when Apple TV+ is set to launch. As a part of the move, Apple is featuring Winfrey’s “global book club” within the Apple Books app.
“Few people in the world can bring us together like Oprah, whose compassion and grace celebrating the power of books are unmatched,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “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,” Winfrey said. “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.”
American Library Association
Apple also announced that they will make a contribution to the American Library Association to support local libraries and fund multiple reading programs with a portion of the money from every Oprah’s Book Club selection sold on Apple Books.
Apple TV+ membership starts at $4.99 a month. Customer’s who purchase a brand new Apple iPhone 11 will get a free 12 months of Apple TV+ included.