Best book, author, and reader Twitter feeds

Are you tweeting now, and exploring who to follow?  Here’s a helpful link shared on Twitter by @thebookmaven, Bethanne Patrick, founder of the Friday Reads communities on Facebook and Twitter: “50 Addictive Twitter Feeds for Bookworms“.  It’s a good directory to browse for any author on Twitter.

Categories are Authors, Booksellers & Publishers, Reviewers & Book Lovers, News, and Groups.

In the Groups category are online communities and book clubs, including @fridayreads.

Here is the original tweet by @thebookmaven:

https://twitter.com/#!/thebookmaven/status/118682639992496128

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