Oprah's Book Club started on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in September 1996. Each month, Oprah Winfrey selected a new book and invited the book's author and a group of viewers to join her for a discussion. Oprah suspended the book club in 2002 and relaunched it in 2003 with the goal of creating the world's largest book club. The club operates online as of 2015.
Oprah Winfrey also launched a new online book club in 2003 on Oprah.com. The success and popularity of Oprah's Book Club continued for years, and the books Oprah chose often shot to the top of multiple bestseller lists, selling in the millions. Oprah briefly suspended the book club in 2011 after "The Oprah Winfrey Show" went off the air. In 2012, Oprah's Book Club 2.0 launched, giving members access to many more online resources, including detailed study guides and video lectures. Members also post on discussion forums, engage in question and answer sessions with authors, and form their own book clubs with other members.
Oprah's Book Club 2.0 has more than 2 million members as of 2015. The book club maintains a partnership with the American Library Association to distribute free book club selections to schools and libraries throughout the nation.