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Wednesday, March 18, 2009 9:29 am
Just Twitting You
Posted by: Keir Graff

So, according to an article on Bookseller.com, which I found out about through the ArtsJournal‘s excellent daily newsletter, the author R. N

. Morris is republishing his 2007 crime novel, A Gentle Axe, in a surprising fashion. Not content with hardcover and paperback — and, I pre

sume, audiobook, Morris is serializing A Gentle Axe via Twitter, in 140-character chunklets. A great gimmick — I mean, every author out th

ere should be thinking about a “first” they can grab for themselves (I’m thinking “first novel written on a Web site by the readers, allowi

ng the author to collect a royalty check for doing nothing) — but isn’t this really just a keitai shousetsu, or cell phone novel? Just ask

ing.

2 Responses to “Just Twitting You”
  1. Audiobook Blog - Audiobooker, by Mary Burkey - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Alexander McCall Smith: audio + print, chapter at a time Says:

    [...] it’s a novel published by cell phone, as a podiobook, via Twitter, or a poem from Booker Prize winner Ben Okri tweeted line-by-line, literature has made the jump [...]

  2. Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » I Am a Twit Says:

    [...] And I’m not twitting you. You can follow my unvarnished, 140-character musings on life, the universe, and everything [...]


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