FUTURE OF PUBLISHING

Introducing Twit Lit

What came first, the twitter or the text? R.N. Morris is serializing his 2007 book A Gentle Axe on Twitter by publishing the text in 140-word pops throughout the day. Fans get then respond to Morris with questions about the plot, and he’ll tweet right back. His publisher says it’s an experiment “with the whole thing online,” to see if he can drum up a word of mouth following. Another author is doing it the other way around: self-publisher James Bridle is collecting two years worth of tweets in a hardcover book, My Life in Tweets, which he says is a chronicle of his daily life. Another book, Twitter Wit, which will feature the best tweets from everywhere, will be edited by Nick Douglas and published by HarperCollins this fall.