These Two Book Publishers Got Into The Cutest Little Twitter Spat

“We hate books.”

1. Chapter 1: Once upon a time — Friday — Melville House, the independent book publisher in Brooklyn, posted this clever tweet riffing off Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

2. Chapter 2: Penguin Random House, the giant book publisher with a worldwide reach, decided some shade-throwing was the appropriate response.

3. Chapter 3: Threats involving snail mail are exchanged. (What would you expect from two book publishers?)

4. Chapter 4: Melville goes nuclear.

5. Chapter 5: More of the same. You can speed-read through this chapter.

6. Chapter 6: Thirst allegations are exchanged. Emojis are deployed.

7. Chapter 7: Melville asks where it can donate to Penguin’s Patreon, a crowdfunding platform that allows people to support artists.

@penguinrandom where can i donate to your patreon

— Melville House (@melvillehouse)

8. Penguin’s response:

Right here: @melvillehouse

— Penguin Random House (@penguinrandom)

9. Leads to:

10. Chapter 8: Both houses regain their chill and respond to other people.

11. Epilogue: Book nerds wrap this tale up by admitting they loved every minute of it.

Get a room. Or a library. ;) @melvillehouse @bendreyfuss @penguinrandom

— BruceDC (@Bruce35dc)

@melvillehouse @penguinrandom Shouldn't you both be, like, gluing pages to spines and shit? Did the glue get stuck in customs? #PunIntended

— Suzette Brewer (@suzette_brewer)

Someone needs to give the people tweeting for @penguinrandom and @melvillehouse a raise for this thread.

— Elizabeth May (@_ElizabethMay)

@penguinrandom @melvillehouse @Quinnae_Moon this is like watching my library fight itself or like watching The Pagemaster

— Arrrr Bryant Francis (@RBryant2012)

Being an absolute book nerd and crying laughing at the tweets between @penguinrandom and @melvillehouse

— Gabby Wilson (@_gabbywilson)

@melvillehouse @penguinrandom You guys are cracking me up with this exchange :-)

— Jorge Montero (@AuthorJMontero)

17. Other works by these authors:

Penguin Random House

Melville House

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