Top Twitter Feeds for Book Lovers
In this ever-expanding electronic age with its rising sales of e-readers and e-books, the "book scene" has also gone digital. And the smartest players are the ones who are capitalizing on social media in the process. For readers who tweet and like to keep current on what's happening in books, here are five best bets on the book scene right now:
Harper Collins (@harpercollins). All of the "big box" publishers have Twitter accounts and they all use them to one degree or another. But while some are only loosely monitored at best and others are used only to spout PR links, Harper Collins has learned to do Twitter right. Not only is Harper Collins active on Twitter, they are interactive. Drop them a line to let them know you loved a book and odds are that they are actually going to acknowledge you. They may even recommend a follow-up read!
LA Times Books (@LATimesbooks) is constantly tweeting interesting little book buzz tidbits from both its book section and from their book blog, Jacket Copy. If you want to stay current on what's happening on the book scene (with a little dose of snarky-ness tossed in), then the book folk at the LA Times are a Twitter necessity.
Galley Cat (@galleycat). The staff at mediabistro's Galley Cat cover the book scene from every angle: from new book deals to publishing industry job openings to writer resources to book reviews. If it's happening in books, it's bound to turn up on Galley Cat... and they are very good at letting you know what's happening with up-to-the-minute tweets.
Friday Reads (@fridayreads): Friday Reads began as a meme encouraging people to post what they were reading every Friday (via hashtag - #fridayreads). The concept took off and thousands of twitter and Facebook users now contribute their "currently reading" infromation to the Friday Reads rolls. Not only can you get some great reading recommendations from this weekly social experiment, but you can also win free stuff! Weekly prizes are now awarded randomly to followers who contribute the name of their current read each week.Continued on the next page