What is an Amazing Book Talk?2020-05-01T01:10:37+00:00

A book talk has been defined as a short presentation about a book with the goal of convincing other people to read it. It is NOT a simple review or book report.  Rather, the goal of a book talk is to engage the participants with a fun, exciting, and even suspenseful commercial for a particular book.

For me, a book talk is much more!  It is a performance – literally!  I want to “hook” listeners using magic tricks, storytelling, puppets, puzzles, interactive games and more.  While most book talks are usually about 2-3 minutes, my talks are a bit more.  In fact, you might call refer to the “talks” on this site as a “Book Talks – PLUS!”

Here is a sample book talk from the Once Upon a Time series.  It is called The Tortoise and the Hare.

How much does it cost to subscribe to a Book Talk series?2020-05-29T18:07:12+00:00

The cost of a subscription depends upon several factors:

  1. number of users (can range from 1 – 1000+)
  2. unlimited, flexible or fixed plans
  3. length of the subscription (can range from 30, 60, 90 days or more)

To get a quote, complete the no obligation signup request form.

For the current pricing and plan options, visit our Pricing page.

What does it cost to add more days to a subscription?2020-05-29T18:45:03+00:00

The fixed and flexible plans automatically include 30-days.

During the signup, you may request additional time in 30 day increments.  The actual cost varies depending upon your plan.

If you would like more than 30-days consider the E-Z Unlimited Plan!

How long does a book talk last?2020-05-01T00:28:50+00:00

All the Amazing Book Talks are comprised of the following elements:

  • video (storytelling, magic, and/or puppet) routine performed in the studio by Steve
  • several sets fun activity sheets related to the session that you can download and share
  • a “how to” video teaching the secret behind a magic trick you can do at home
  • a series of related online resources (videos, games, puzzles, crafts, etc.)
  • a list of related books you may want to read

The actual time for the primary video will vary in length but most will average about 7-10 minutes.
The fun activity sheets are divided into four sections:  coloring, building, observing and learning.  The sheets can provide typical students with 30-60 minutes of activity.
The “how to” video is usually 1-2 minutes long but also includes a downloadable instruction sheet with puzzles and games which may take 10-15 minutes.
The online resources can provide unlimited time, but parents should monitor this use of the Internet.

What do kind of equipment or resources does a subscription require?2020-04-29T15:22:13+00:00

Amazing Book Talks require the following:

  • A working computer or device with speakers or sound
  • A good internet connection
  • Access to a printer and paper (if you want to print activity sheets, etc.)

Of course, it is always great to have a friend or parent to share the “talk” together.

How many book talks are in a series?2020-04-29T23:21:48+00:00

Amazing Book Talks are loosely based upon some of my reading shows at Amazing Teacher.  Right now, the Once Upon a Time series has 8 sessions.  If you were to combine just the video clips for all 8 book talks, they would total about 1 hour in length.  Compared to a live 45-50 minute show, book talks have a greater value (particularly during COVID-19).

Are there any multi-site subscriptions?2020-05-29T18:01:15+00:00

Yes.  If you are part of a system contact Steve for a custom no obligation quote.

Essentially, subscriptions are based upon several factors:

  1. number of users (can range from 1 – 1000+)
  2. unlimited, flexible or fixed plans
  3. length of the subscription (can range from 30, 60, 90 days or more)

However, there can be cost benefits to sharing a subscription.  The cost per user can be as low as .50 cents per user.

How does the subscription process work?2020-05-29T18:44:09+00:00

Good question!  All of the book talk content is protected by a membership system.  Most all of my videos are installed on Vimeo and are only available on the AmazingBookTalks.com site.  Access to a series of book talks depends upon the type of plan selected.

E-Z Unlimited Plan 
This plan provides your group with the following:

  • your own unique website (with name, logo or picture on homepage as requested)
  • 90-days or more of unlimited 24/7 access from any device connected to the Internet
  • unlimited number of users during the subscription period
  • no need to login – simply click and go

Flexible Plan (only pay for what you need) – 30 Days
NOTE: Requires users to login to access book talks

Fixed Plan Options based on # of users
Requires users to login to access book talks

In the Flexible and Fixed plans, whenever your group subscribes the administrator (whoever signed up for the account) will receive an email with details.  Then the administrator may add users manually, or simply share a unique URL either by email, or via the web.  If this latter option is used, individual users may setup their own access.

Users will provide the following information:

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Username
  • Password

All of this information is private and will not be shared or sold by Amazing Book Talks or Steve Somers.  Account administrators will be able to track the number of users under their subscription at all times.