Primility is about connection — to ourselves, to our motivations, and to the people our actions impact.
The Primility Library is an opportunity to create a more connected community while enriching all of our minds, and therefore our lives.
Here’s how it works, in four amazingly simple steps:
- I buy a fresh copy of a book that I have read and believe to be germane to our discussions here at Primility.
- Anyone who is interested in reading it can get on the list for that book by adding their name to the appropriate sign-up topic in the forum (example: here).
- I will then send the book, along with a notebook that includes some handwritten thoughts, to the first person on the list.
- That person reads the book, adds their own notes, and then sends it to the next person on the list.
And on … and on … and on …
Ultimately, we’ll have a whole bunch of books out there in circulation, going from one of you to another.
How the Join the Forum
To join the Primility Library, you just have to be a member of the new forum that I just set up.
And joining the forum is a piece of cake. It’s free too.
Just click here. It will take you 10 seconds to fill out the form, and then you’ll be able to post in the forum.
The first book in the library is Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue by David J. Bobb. Once you have registered for the forum, you can get on the list for this book here.
And that’s how it works.
I create two forum topics for each new book: a sign-up topic and a discussion topic. To be added to the list for a particular book, you just add your name and email address to the sign-up topic. The discussion topic is for sharing ideas about the book.
Simple. Fun. Enriching.
Now to answer a few FAQs …
Q: Are you expected to pay to ship the book to the next person on the list?
I will buy the book and pay to ship it to the first person on the list. That person then has to take care of getting it to the next person.
This is very important: If you are not willing to invest the time and money to ship the book and keep the cycle going, then you should just buy the book and keep it for yourself. This project may not be for everyone … and that’s okay! You can still join in the discussions even if you are not part of the cycle for that book.
Q: But what if the next person on the list is in another country? That shipping will be expensive!
A: Yes, it will be … but you are still expected to pay it.
We have an international audience. Wristbands have already been shipped to nearly 20 different countries, and I hope that number grows and grows. Yes, it will cost more to ship internationally. And yes, it will be luck of the draw who you have to ship it to. But the cost will still probably be less than the price of the book itself.
Plus, isn’t this the kind of small sacrifice to be part of something greater than ourselves that illustrates humility?
Q: Is there a certain time frame people can keep each book?
A: One month.
That is our rule of thumb. And frankly, that should be at the long end of the spectrum. We should shoot for two weeks as a goal. My hope is that knowing there is a next person on the list waiting will inspire each of us to read the books quickly after we receive them so that we can send them off to the next person.
If you are repeat offender of the 30-day “rule,” we may just ask you to participate in only the discussions and not the book sharing.
Q: Can you recommend books?
A: Of course! Email me: jerod [at] primility [dot] com.
For now, I will handle starting the cycle for each book, as I have Primility-branded notebooks to go with each one. But eventually I will get a system in place where you can you can introduce books into the library yourselves.
Q: Should we really trust current and future subscribers to keep the cycle going?
A: Yes. And if we’re wrong, the cost of a book (or two, or three) is not worth giving in to any cynical whispers.
Have questions or suggestions? Email me: jerod [at] primility [dot] com.
I am certainly open to ideas about how the system can be improved, and we can evolve it as we go.
Most importantly: Let’s have fun, learn, and use this an opportunity to create a unique sense of connection among our growing community.