Twitter is ubiquitous. Now it is even a format for books ideas. It seems odd, but as far as I can tell (in my very brief amount of searching) this is the first book made up mostly of a curated twitter stream.
I have read blog books, and journal books and letter based books, so the idea is not completely unique. And I do not think it is likely to become widely used format.
140 characters is short, perfect for twitter, a bit too short for a book.
In spite of the limitations of the format, the book was good. I read it in an evening. I am probably the target audience of this book. I am a work from home nanny/consultant. My two nieces (14 months and 2 1/2 years) that I nanny for are very reminiscent of most of the kid based tweets from this book.
My consulting is for church based non-profits. So the charity/adoption/stay at home Dad(uncle)/twitterer is right down my alley. Not sure if that is a big market.
The book is around a year of tweets, sharing his life, but also the joy and struggle of a newly adopted son. And the awakening of the lack of clean drinking water and other issues that Kevin Hendrick’s new found attachment to Ethiopia (birth place of his son) brings up.
In the book, Hendricks discovers charity:water, which John has also raised money for, and ends up shaving his head as part of a twitter fundraising event. This book is another step in that discovery, $2 of each book goes toward building wells in Ethiopia.
It is a good book and a good cause. Even if you don’t want the book, why not give a few bucks to the cause.