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HarperCollins Pays Big Advance For A Book Of … Tweets

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imageYet another person is figuring out how to make decent money off Twitter that isn’t CEO Evan Williams: HarperCollins has commissioned former Valleywag editor Nick Douglas to collect and edit Twitter Wit, a book of … well, witty tweets. According to Valleywag, Douglas is getting a “five-figure sum” for the book, which is slated for release this fall; Douglas and HarperCollins editor Kate Hamill set up a submission site that automates the collection of the tweets (from anywhere and everywhere) and gets each user’s permission to republish.

Given Twitter’s seemingly unstoppable surge in popularity — John Battelle compared its search potential to YouTube’s, and NBC’s Nightline dedicated a segment to it last night (via MediaMemo) — who knows, it just might fly off the shelves. Anyone else care to wager?