"Over-Readers Anonymous" Coming Soon

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"Over-Readers Anonymous" is coming. Its sudden appearance on a website over the weekend, with its cryptic message to Â?Stay tuned ...Â? has led many to speculate on the mystery: Is it an organization for people who read too much? A 12-step program for book addicts? A publisherÂ?s marketing gimmick?

"Over-Readers Anonymous" is coming. Its sudden appearance on a website over the weekend, with its cryptic message to "Stay tuned ..." has led many to speculate on the mystery: Is it an organization for people who read too much? A 12-step program for book addicts? A publisher’s marketing gimmick?

Rumor has it that Larry Portzline, who created the popular Bookstore Tourism concept, is responsible. One bookselling industry insider, who declined to give her name, pointed to a hint on the website -- the only description on the page: "It's a book addict thing."

"This is the Bookstore Tourism guy," she said. "He created a new travel niche for booklovers that's been getting some great media coverage and buzz in the bookselling and travel industries, and now he's launching another project. I can't wait to see what it is."

Portzline could not be reached for comment. A writer and part-time college instructor, he started Bookstore Tourism two years ago, leading travel groups from Harrisburg, PA to cities with famous and obscure independent bookshops. He also wrote a book by the same name that has inspired booklovers around the country to organize literary road-trips of their own. Portzline's website, http://www.bookstoretourism.com, makes no mention of Over-Readers Anonymous.

"Whatever it is, it sounds like fun," said the insider. "A lot of people read entirely too much -- myself included -- and buy way too many books. So, even though it probably won't stop my addiction, I'm sure I'll be one of the first to sign up."

The cagey website is located at http://www.overreadersanonymous.com.

Stay tuned ...

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