One Book, One Twitter Update

A few weeks ago Amie wrote about the One Book, One Twitter initiative that is being headed by Jeff Howe of Wired magazine. The goal was to get a large group of people on Twitter to read the same book and then tweet about over the summer. A variety of books were nominated, and Jeff announced last week that American Gods by Neil Gaiman won the vote. The current plan is to have people start reading by May 5, 2010. Jeff’s website will have a reading schedule posted in the near future.

I’m planning on joining the effort and purchased the eBook copy of American Gods to test out reading books on the iPad. In case you’re curious about joining the One Book, One Twitter effort, here’s some information from HarperCollins, the publisher:

Released from prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming — a battle for the very soul of America . . . and they are in its direct path.

One of the most talked-about books of the new millennium, American Gods is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth and across an American landscape at once eerily familiar and utterly alien. It is, quite simply, a contemporary masterpiece.

One Book, One Twitter has a twitter account (@1b1t2010), a Facebook page and it’s own hashtag (#1b1t), so be sure to check them out over the summer to see how far people have read and what they think about American Gods. Jeff Howe has a Twitter account as well (@crowdsourcing) and you can also follow the author of American Gods, Neil Gaiman, on Twitter (@neilhimself).

Are you taking part in One Book, One Twitter? What do you think about American Gods as the selection?

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