Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg starts book reading program

By Hillel Italie, AP

NEW YORK–Mark Zuckerberg wants to add a little more ��book�� to Facebook.

The Facebook founder and CEO announced on his page recently that he has vowed to read a book every other week in 2015, with an emphasis on learning about different beliefs, cultures and technologies.

Zuckerberg created a page called ��A Year of Books�� and urged his friends to join him in the project. As of late Sunday afternoon, it had more than 100,000 likes.

��I’m excited for my reading challenge,�� Zuckerberg wrote. ��I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet toward reading books.��

The first book in his program, Moises Naim’s ��The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn’t What It Used to Be,�� was out of stock Sunday on Amazon.com and had a sales ranking of No. 138.

��The End of Power�� was listed among Amazon’s ��movers & shakers�� Sunday for books making the biggest gains on the best-seller list.

The Venezuelan-born Naim is an award-winning columnist, author and television host, a former trade minister in his native country and currently a distinguished fellow in the International Economics Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

��The End of Power�� was first published by Basic Books in 2013.

��It’s a book that explores how the world is shifting to give individual people more power that was traditionally only held by large governments, militaries and other organizations,�� Zuckerberg wrote. ��The trend toward giving people more power is one I believe in deeply.��

Zuckerberg’s literary tastes include classics from ancient Greece and Rome, biographies, celebrity memoirs and science and science fiction. He has called Virgil’s ��The Aeneid�� his favorite book and has quoted from it during interviews. His ��likes�� range from Plato to Orson Scott Card’s novel ��Ender’s Game.�� According to his Facebook page, books he has read include Jay-Z’s ��Decoded,�� Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of Albert Einstein and science writer’s James Gleick’s ��The Information.��

TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey remains the gold standard for choosing books, though clubs have been started by ��Good Morning America�� and the ��Today�� show, among others.

Winfrey’s most recent pick, Sue Monk Kidd’s ��The Invention of Wings,�� was announced in early 2014 and became one of the year’s top-selling novels.