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March 18, 2009

Behind The Tweetbook: An Interview With James Bridle

I wrote about the tweetbook a couple of days ago, James Bridle’s publishing experiment involving two years worth of tweets in a book printed by print-on-demand service Lulu. Since I find both Twitter in particular and publishing in general interesting, I got in touch with James to find out more about the project.

First of all, tell us a little bit about yourself. You’re in publishing, right?

Yes. I used to be an editor, and I’m now a consultant advising clients such as HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette and Granta on web and new media projects. I also run Bookkake, a small publisher using new technologies to create a new model for publishing, and write about literature and technology at booktwo.org.

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March 16, 2009

The Tweetbook

I have no idea if this is the first book consisting solely of tweets out there, but it is here, via the magnificent world of Lulu: “My Life in Tweets” by James Bridle.

When Twitter is inevitably replaced by something else, I don’t want to lose all those incidentals, the casual asides, the remarks and responses. That’s all really. This seems like a nice way to do it, and I’ll probably do it again in a couple of years time.

Here’s a photoset.

I find this interesting for two reasons. First of all, it is an experiment with a new way of publishing. Secondly, it is a way to ensure the existence of all those tweets written, should Twitter suddenly disappear. Two years of twittering is a lot of content after all.

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