And we're off! Around midnight hundreds of readers kicked off our inaugural 1book140 and began discussing our June selection, Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin. It occurred to me that anyone just tuning in to our great, big, global readalong might find 1book140 a little confusing. "What book are we reading?" one asks. "What can possibly be said in 140 characters?" chimes in another. "And, by the way, what the hell is a hashtag?" asks a tall guy in the back. This post is for you--everything you need to know condensed into a single FAQ:
• What is 1book140?
An international book club inspired by the One Book, One City programs. Every month we all choose a book to read. The following month we read it. The discussion takes place largely on Twitter, though we will also link to people's blogs and Tumblr and Facebook pages as well, and provide regular summaries of the conversation at TheAtlantic.com.
• How are books chosen?
In the middle of every month we begin soliciting nominations. After about a week we pluck five titles from this list and put them up for a vote. Call it limited democracy.
• When does reading begin?
What are we, your dad? Wanna stay up all night and read the whole book in one go? That's your call. There are no reading guidelines, per se. There is, however, a discussion schedule. Which brings us to: