[â€¦] His first choice, Jon Ronsonâ€™s non-fiction title, â€˜The Man Who Stare at Goatsâ€™, is climbing up impressively at the bestsellers chart. The Amazon sales of the book rose incredibly by 7000 percent, after it was picked by Ross as his first choice for the book club.
Asserting on his innovative online book club, Ross quoted in his Twitter update, â€œIf you want to join informal book club read Jon Ronson Men Who Stare at Goats by next weekend & we will chat about itâ€.
Although Ross described this book club as â€˜informalâ€™, but it will surely provide a boost to literary works, where users will post mini reviews on any of the selected book.
So Ross gets his followers (well, some, not all) to read the book in question and then they talk about it a tweet at a time.
A collaborative review.
Why not? Certainly far more dynamic than the static and subjective reviews you currently might read from, well, book reviewers. And possibly more interesting.
Wonder if it might work with three of the books Iâ€™m currently prepping (ie, reading or about to start reading) for reviews. I had in mind to record commentaries about each book that would be published as FIR Reviews podcasts.
Iâ€™m not sure if thereâ€™s enough desire for a load of people to rush out and buy any of the business books I currently have. So maybe I could do something like this:
- Record a 5-minute review on Audioboo and/or iPadio.
- Tweet the Audioboo / iPadio links
- Then chat via Twitter with anyone who wants to talk about the review, capturing the chat stream to a hashtag thus making it connected and discoverable.
Anyone interested in experimenting with a Twitter book review like this? Do you have a better suggestion? Or should I just stick with the traditional way of doing a book review?
Iâ€™m game for experimenting, though. Might do that anyway.