Book clubs are not new.
And while it hasn’t always gone smoothly, it has resulted in more people reading and wider discussions.
As he wrote:
“I love books. So do you. Let’s love one book together, our actual geographical location be damned.”
And, really… with e-readers constantly innovating and improving (see everything from the IPad to the Kindle; it doesn’t matter which side of the IPad vs. Kindle fight you’re on — it’s all getting easier) and every phone seeming to be hooked up to a Twitter account, it seems like a natural evolution.
On his blog, Howe solicited suggestions for a book and the contenders were eventually narrowed to six:
1) American Gods by Neil Gaiman;
2) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury;
3) 1984 by George Orwell;
4) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley;
5) Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
6) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
with American Gods eventually getting picked.
On his blog, Gaiman reacted with a little bit of trepidation because, he concedes, not everyone loves his book.
Despite that, he added: “I’m kind of thrilled that I get to help kick off something this new, and I’m going to do all I can to help” including answering tweets when possible.
1b1t2010 is the starting place (search #1b1t to catch up on all the related tweets) and while there’s only (only?) about 7,000 people following so far, it most definitely is a start.
I keep thinking of the old Coke commercial, only instead of “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” I’d like the world to read a book.