Beginning April 12, readers from around the world are invited to vote on a book to be read for the inaugural One Book, One Twitter, a potentially worldwide book club thought up by Wired contributing editor Jeff Howe.
In March, Howe invited Twitter users and Wired.com readers to submit book nominations for One Book, One Twitter, a potentially "massive, international book club," said Howe, who is also the author of Crowdsourcing. The goal: "to get a zillion people all reading and talking about a single book."
Six crowd winners were announced April 5, topped by Neil Gaiman's
American Gods. (Gaiman was apparently able to rally some of his nearly 1.5 million Twitter followers to support the well-founded nomination.)
The six crowd-chosen finalists:
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
1984 by George Orwell
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The "One Book, One Twitter advisory board" is in the process of contributing four more titles to the shortlist, likely adding female authors and internationally diverse entries, according to an April 6 interview Howe gave with publishing resource Media Bistro.
On April 12 and for two weeks after, voting will be open to select a winner. Stay posted by following Jeff Howe on his blog or on Twitter, or by using the One Book, One Twitter hastag: #1b1t.