Thursday, March 25, 2010

One Book, One Twitter

I love Wired.com. When in doubt for content, I go there and I always find they've got something cool for me to read.

One Book, One Twitter or #1b1t is this nifty brainchild of Jeff Howe@crowdsourcing—who has conceived of trying to get as many people as possible on twitter to participate in all reading the same book at the same time. Like what the city of Seattle's been doing since 1988 or the Canada Reads program CBC sponsors. Except international and in 140 character bursts. Three of the top possible titles thus far? American Gods, 1984, and Fahrenheit 451.

I submitted Cory Docotorow's Little Brother, because it's more relevant to our generation—and way less depressing than Orwell—as well as Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely, because it's an accessible recent fantasy that's readily available in multiple languages.

If you were going to choose one book for all of twitter to read, what would it be? Reply in the comments—or better yet, submit your choice.

1 comment:

Leslie said...

One of my students in English 12, where we're reading 1984 (not my choice -- I just took over for a teacher who went on leave), gave me a copy of Little Brother. I haven't read it yet, but it looks great, and I do love American Gods... It's interesting to try to think of a book that could appeal to many and stimulate interesting, but brief, conversation.