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Soft Skull Publishes Twitter-ed Novel

fr23.jpgIt was the best of tweets, it was the worst of tweets. With that silly pun last Bastille Day, we reported on the efforts of Matt Stewart to tweet his entire 480,000-character debut novel.

The enterprising writer landed a book deal with Soft Skull for The French Revolution–generating hundreds of reactions around the publishing world. The print novel comes out today, and he’s released a free, interactive iPhone app to accompany the book.

Here’s more from the author: “A year ago I released my novel on Twitter, and today it goes analog. I’ll be the first to admit that the book’s a LOT easier to read in book form than on Twitter. To keep the technological ‘revolution’ theme going, this year I’m launching an iPhone app to the novel that allows readers to unlock relevant bonus content (videos, secret chapters, recipes, articles) by zapping any page with their iPhone camera–think of it as ‘clickable paper’ that enhances the reading experience.”

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July 2009: Top Publishing Stories of the Year

26491_rushdie_salman.gifOn Bastille Day in July, author Matt Stewart published his entire novel, “The French Revolution,” on Twitter in a burst of 3,700 tweets. He later landed a book deal with Soft Skull.

At a book party, Salman Rushdie (pictured, via) told GalleyCat about his dinner with Thomas Pynchon. Amazon made headlines when they remotely deleted copies of books on Kindle e-readers.

Finally, Nancy Drew reader and federal judge Sonia Sotomayor received a 13-6 endorsement from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It Was the Best of Tweets, It Was the Worst of Tweets

frenchrevolution.jpgIn honor of Bastille Day, author Matt Stewart will publish “The French Revolution” entirely on Twitter, estimating it will take 3,700 tweets to micro-blog his 480,000-character debut novel–tweeting at the revolutionary rate of one tweet every 15 minutes.

In comparison, Charles Dickens serialized his French revolutionary novel, “A Tale of Two Cities,” in a series of weekly installments. For readers less inclined to read an entire novel on Twitter, Stewart has a Scribd version as well.

Here’s more from his website: “‘The French Revolution’ is an epic San Francisco tale, exploring the haywire extremes of the French Revolution within the microcosm of a dysfunctional family. Zany, tragic, imaginative, funny—the incisive wit and wordplay of Junot Diaz meets the multi-layered precision plotting of Jonathan Franzen.”