Global book read on twitter

What if everyone on twitter was reading the same book?

Not as daft as it seems. We have had city wide book reads, for example Seattle and Chicago have instigated city wide book reads. Guildford a couple of years ago was giving away copies of one of the Jeeves and Bertie Wooster books. Brighton had a read of Brighton Rock by Graham Greene. Personally I did not like Brighton Rock, not one of his best I thought, but I loved the film. Last year libraries in Hampshire were giving away a biography of Darwin and The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

It is not as daft as it sounds.

What would I choose? Looking at my extensive bookshelves, not an easy choice.

One of the classics maybe? Dostoevsky, Zola?

Or maybe a modern classic? Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?

Or maybe some contemporary fiction? Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier, The Visible World by Mark Slouka, My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk or The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson?

Eventually I settled on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Why?

It is simple and elegantly written. It is available in many languages. It is not too long. And above all it is a simple tale of following your dreams that appeals to all ages and across all cultures.

Get tweeting your book on twitter with the hash tag #1b1t.

Also nominate your book for others to read.

I would also suggest register your book on BookCrossing so others can read your thoughts on the book.

Also see

What If Everyone on Twitter Read One Book?

Crowdsourcing: One Book, One Twitter … aka #1b1t

When tweets become spam

Can we rank twitter streams?

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3 Responses to “Global book read on twitter”

  1. keithpp Says:

    Today is the last day for nominations!
    http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/03/one-book-one-twitter/#submit

  2. danceswithcrayons Says:

    The results may be posted in a few hours, and don’t want to miss the announcement.
    Cannot even imagine another book winning! And, one book leads to another.

    Hope your day is wonderful, Love, jane

  3. keithpp Says:

    Nominations reflect a Wired readership, not suitable for a worldwide audience. Which is why I nominated The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Nominations close on Tuesday.
    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1S2UP7/www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/03/one-book-one-twitter-a-status-update/

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