Desk copies of the 2017-18 common reading book Ready Player One can now be requested by faculty interested in using the book in one or more courses in Pullman, Spokane, Everett, and Tri-Cities plus the Global Campus, announced Karen Weathermon, program co-director at Washington State University.

Requests must be placed using an easy and fast online form at

Ready Player One is the eleventh book in as many years featured in dozens of first-year and other courses, said Weathermon.

The book to be used at WSU Vancouver is Spare Parts. Faculty there should contact Suzanne Smith, director of academic planning in the vice chancellor’s office.

Common readings allow students, faculty, staff, and the university community to engage in academically centered discussions and robust programming around topics presented in a shared book. Beyond classrooms, programming—including activities, faculty and guest expert presentations, film showings, and more—draws on expertise often related to research activities at the university. The 2017-18 book selections will highlight the development and use of new technologies across all disciplines, as well as the questions those innovations raise.

Since the program began in 2007, it has grown into a system-wide shared initiative. With many touchpoints shared around books and programming, representatives from all campuses began in 2016-17 to work together more purposefully to increase collaboration and cohesion across campuses and disciplines.

In line with that, Ready Player One and Spare Parts were both selected from campus-wide nominations of books that lend themselves to the two-year theme of “frontiers of technology, health, and society.”

Read more about the books and the program at