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article imageThe first novel released on Twitter

By Bob Ewing     Jul 14, 2009 in Internet
The French Revolution, written by Matt Stewart, is the first novel to be released on Twitter. He tweets sentences from his book every 15 minutes.
Why release a novel on Twitter? Stewart says there were two reasons; one it is Bastille Day and two, Stewart believes publishing needs to change, and he thinks he can help nudge it toward a more dynamic and customer-friendly future.
Twitter knows people will actually pay attention to very short messages. It only takes three seconds to read a text message or a tweet and then the reader can move on to what's next.
People read text messages, and tweets, because it only takes three seconds to check it out and move on. Long emails take time to digest and people may be too busy to read them.
Stewart compares releasing his novel on Twitter to watching a clip of a TV show before deciding to order the season on Netflix. It allows prospective readers to sample the work before buying.
Stewart has begun with bursts every minute for the first page, followed by tweets every 15 minutes, however even at just one tweet per day he is moving faster than traditional publishers.
Twitter provides instant feedback and the author and the readers can I discuss the intricacies of the characters and plot twists as they develop.
This may turn out to be a way to build a market and create a community, at the same time.
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