5 Coolest Twitter-Inspired Books… and How You Can Tweet Your Way to a Book, Too

Twitter is supposed to condense everything you have to say into 140 character messages. Ironically, the micro-messaging mecca has inspired several books to satisfy those who want a bit more information at once.

Twitter is supposed to condense everything you have to say into 140 character messages. Ironically, the micro-messaging mecca has inspired several books to satisfy those who want a bit more information at once. The next time you think of writing off Twitter as just a simple player in an irrelevant social media scene, check out these five books — all of which are worth your while.

1. Eat Tweet

Eat Tweet is the first ever Twitter cookbook, and it was just released last month. Author Maureen Evans has a huge following on her Twitter @cookbook account, which she ably converted into an intriguing 21st century cookbook with over 1,000 recipes. The recipes are broad in scope, with cuisine from around the world, and the book even includes a glossary of “Twitterese” to help readers decode all the abbreviations in the directions. A sample recipe? “Roasted Tomato Sauce: Chop,mix3lb tom/onion/sprgoreg/â…“c olvoil&whlgarlc/s+p. Partly cvr in bkgdish~h@375F. Sieve(opt); +3T tompaste. Yld~2c.”

2. The Little Book of Twitter: Get Tweetwise!

This book is in the genre of Twitter guides. Every social media site has a series of books to help people apply these tools to their businesses and personal lives, but this book does a good job of capturing the Twitter spirit with a really reader-friendly format that keeps you interested throughout. The book includes chapters like “Tweeter’s block” and “Twitter celebrity scandals.”

3. Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 140 Characters or Less

Nick Douglas’s book also draws on the human interest part of Twitter — the comic bits in particular. There are so many Twitter users who never tweet themselves, and only follow other people to see what wacky things they tweet next. This book does a brilliant job of compiling the funniest tweets on the web. And since it’s now over a year old and Twitter is burgeoning, we can begin patiently awaiting a sequel.

4. Sh*t My Dad Says

This clever and comedic book by Justin Halpern is compiled of the hilarious things his 74 year old father has said, based on his incredibly successful Twitter account that now has over 1.7 million followers. The book is based on an incredibly simple premise — the words of a parent — but because of the power of Twitter as a springboard, offers insight into the father-son relationship in a modern context. The book reached no. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list this summer, and Justin is still tweeting with messages like this: “You came out of your mom looking like shit. She thought you were beautiful. Don’t know what scared me most, your looks or her judgment.”

5. The History of the World Through Twitter

How many students have complained that their history textbooks are too long-winded and wordy? Of course, this book by Jon Holmes and Mitch Benn probably shouldn’t replace the historical texts on your shelf, but it will definitely give you a laugh during a study break. As advertised on the cover, the book includes tweets from God and John Lennon — Twitterizing the powerful and famous is a clever way to expand microblogging into our offline pop culture.

So these five books successfully capitalized on Twitter and were able to put their own spins on short messages — how can you do the same? Here are some tips that might help tweeters become published authors:

  • Become an avid Twitter user. This is obvious, but the more time you spend on Twitter and gathering a large following, the better idea you’ll have of your audience. If your messages are able to attract a lot of replies and inspire conversation, then they might be good commercial material. When you think about your book, envision the audience you tweet for as the same audience who would be reading your new work.
  • Choose something specific to write about. Whether you’re writing about the Twitter industry or converting tweets on a specific topic into a book, approaching a subject from a unique angle will interest readers more and set you apart from competitors.
  • And then stick to your theme. Both Eat Tweet and Sh*t My Dad Says used a consistent theme that the authors built up through lots of consecutive tweets, and they’ve both attracted a lot of attention.