What if everyone on Twitter read the same book at the same time and formed one massive, international book club? That's the thinking behind Wired writer Jeff Howe's One Book, One Twitter project. "The aim with One Book, One Twitter is--like the one city, one book program which inspired it--is to get a zillion people all reading and talking about a single book," said Howe.
Howe compiled nominations, and voting for finalists is now underway, running until April 27. The list of finalists--Howe's goal was that the books be "of general interest," "translated into many, many languages," and "freely available"--follows: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
Vote at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/04/one-book-one-twitter-let-the-voting-begin/. The hashtag for One Book, One Twitter is #1b1t. Howe Tweets @crowdsourcing.