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  • wossybookclub

    Tue, 19 May 2009 01:23

    Jonathan Ross has launched a Twitter Book Club, #wossybookclub, and has selected Jon Ronson's Men Who Stare at Goats as the first book. The initiative, according to the Bookseller, "has immediately pushed Ronson's book up the online bestseller charts, with the author himself describing it as a 'great tonic'."

    Ross, whose twitter (twitter.com/wossy) boasts 264,000 followers, tweeted on Friday evening: "I have a great idea ! let's start a book club on twitter ! One a week and we all post mini-reviews !"

    On Sunday, he nominated Men Who Stare at Goats. "So if you want to join informal book club read Jon Ronson Men Who Stare at Goats by next weekend & we will chat about it," Ross tweeted... The Book Depository reported that it was one of its top selling titles over the weekend...

    An unofficial website has even been set up to support the club, at http://wossybookclub.com.

  • Tweet to win

    Fri, 15 May 2009 07:31

    Starting next Monday (May 18th), and running for the following thirty days, I'll be running an exciting Twitter-based competition in conjunction with our friends from O'Reilly. We're calling it #tbd30 -- or, rather, that is how I'll "tag" each of the tricksy Twitter tasks I'm going to set for you. I love Twitter, but I've not done anything like this before, so it's all a bit of an experiment...

    O'Reilly have just published The Twitter Book which is a really great crib for how businesses and individuals can get the most out of the now hugely popular micro-blogging service. Of course, we've been a-tweeting for ages now (twitter.com/bookdepository) but there is always more to learn about how to get the most from your tweets and how to offer each of your followers a great service.

    So, each day for a month (starting next Monday) I'm going to ask our Twitter followers to do a Twitter-based task -- and the first person to DM (direct message) me the right answer will win a fab, limited edition O'Reilly Moleskine notebook (oh, but you can only win once!)

    If you want to join in, you'll need to follow us on Twitter here: twitter.com/bookdepository -- and, on Monday, I will set you your first task!

    (Here is the link to the small print, i.e. the Terms and Conditions, if you need them.)
  • Authors and writers on Twitter

    Fri, 24 Apr 2009 03:34

    We love Twitter! And one of the things we love about it is following the tweets of the many authors and writers who are using the trendy micro-blogging service.

    However, finding which authors are on Twitter isn't that easy. We know that @neilhimself (Neil Gaiman) is tweeting and so is Bruce Sterling (@bruces). Our pal Caroline Smailes (@Caroline_S) is doing it, and so is Emma Kennedy (@EmmaK67; author of the fab and funny The Tent, The Bucket and Me). Chris Killen (author of The Bird Room) is on (@chriskillen) as is Nick Harkaway (@Harkaway) author of The Gone-Away World. Alex Milway (@Alexmilway) is on and so is Laurell K Hamilton (@LKHamilton)...

    So, which authors do you follow on Twitter then?

    P.S. This squidoo page is a good way to find even more authors on Twitter.

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