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April 8, 2010

This article talks about one book, one twitter which is very similar to one book, one San Diego or enter other city name (Seattle, Chicago . . .). I think it’s interesting how the traditional book club idea gets picked up by new technologies and social networking. With facebook book clubs, shelfari and goodreads, there are numerous variations on the book club idea. The difference with twitter is the limited capability of characters for discussion. But perhaps twitters will encourage discussion while reading. That will require some kind of spoiler alert, however.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April Mahrer permalink
    April 8, 2010 10:59 pm

    I think this is a great idea – especially as librarians and information professionals we are striving to keep people reading. There is so much talk these days about the advancement of new technology leading to the downfall of the book/written word/traditional library. But this is a great example of how we can embrace new technologies and integrate them with our traditional mediums. Great find!

  2. Sarah K. permalink
    April 9, 2010 12:14 am

    Agreed. Facebook alone is wonderful. I have friends overseas that I haven’t seen in a few years, but we can still “talk” and keep in touch through Facebook for free, since calling can be expensive.

    Technology is great for books! Not sure yet how everyone feels about the Kindle (but it’s interesting) and that may change with the new iPad from Apple, though I doubt buyers of that will be devoting much time to reading books on it. My library’s media department has tons of patrons that come through to check out our books on CD or tape (or MP3 CDs). I’ve met quite a few who are also taking advantage of the new downloadable audio books available through the library’s website. Between our “regulars”, one particular staff member who reads everything (I mean, everything: cookbooks, history, fiction, NYTimes Top 40, etc), and the rest of the staff, we are all constantly sharing favorite and newly discovered authors or narrators.

    Btw, Wired has some great articles. One of my favorite mags to browse.

  3. alexsjenkins permalink
    April 9, 2010 11:58 am

    I think this is pretty cool. I love discussing books with people. I always have a hard time breaking away from my own reading queue to read a popular book though. Of course some times its worth it to share in the fun (harry potter!) but other times I kind of regret it (DaVinci code). I thought the choice of Fahrenheit 451 was a great one though!

  4. spencercuhk permalink
    April 9, 2010 12:10 pm

    It is a great idea – to have people all over the world discussing the same book on the same platform. However, personally I think that Twitter has its limitations. It doesn’t function like discussion boards, which contain discussion threads and people can follow a coherent conversation back and forth. On Twitter, the comments are lined up in a chronological order and do not facilitate a conversation among users. Yet, it is a great idea to try out.

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