By Colleen T. Reese

As a social media manager, my content consumption habits tend to get wildly out of control if I’m not careful. And a lot of readers face this same issue.

When we first started looking into TeleRead’s reading habits, we learned that a great majority of you continue to rely on word-of-mouth to find new e-books. In the digital age, weeding through the crowded muck can be overwhelming, to say the least.

So to help ourselves—and yes, you too—we’ve curated a quick list (in no particular order) of our favorite heavy hitters on Twitter. We found this list to be made of those who inform, engage and help elevate the discussion on digital reading and the publishing industry at large.

You can follow the list, plus several others, here.

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman)

Do publishers need to offer more value to authors? ow.ly/eM8lI [my latest blog post]

—Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) October 26, 2012

Jane Friedman is the web editor for the The Virginia Quarterly Review and a former publisher of Writer’s Digest. Jane’s tweets are a great resource for self-publishers, web DIYers and burgeoning writers with particular regard to digital.

Joshua Tallent (@jtallent) 

Has anyone used the iBooks ePub3 pop-up footnotes? Seems the note has to be in the same HTML file as reference… #annoying #eprdctn —Joshua Tallent (@jtallent) October 30, 2012

Veteran e-book developer and founding CEO of eBook Architects, Joshua Tallent provides e-book publishers and readers alike with an expansive wealth of knowledge on the technical capabilities and limitation of e-book publishing. His Twitter feed is an excellent resource for those looking to understand enhanced e-books and e-book technology.

Richard Nash (@R_Nash)

“So was the trucker I met a true psychopath?” @vanessaveselka asked. On violence, empathy, the FBI, society & self gqm.ag/UCbgBJ —Richard Nash (@R_Nash) October 24, 2012

The always entertaining and enigmatic personality powerhouse that is Richard Nash is no less multifaceted on Twitter than he is in real life. His tweets are well suited for literary adventurers—often pointing users to various short stories or passages featured on @smalldemons.

Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf)

Ian McEwan on the novella via @pageturner: ow.ly/eRM5S What’s your favorite novella?

—Alfred A. Knopf (@AAKnopf) October 29, 2012

For obvious reasons, Alfred Knopf seamlessly makes this list. Often sharing links to unique or otherwise noteworthy literary critiques, Knopf is a good place to start for “distinguished fiction and nonfiction.”

Rebecca Schinsky (@RebeccaSchinsky)

So, where are Random House & Penguin registered? What does one buy two publishers on the occasion of their union?

—Rebecca Schinsky (@RebeccaSchinsky) October 29, 2012

There’s nothing wrong with a little fun and pop culture on Twitter, right? In fact, I absolutely love Book Riot associate editor and community manager Rebecca Schinsky’s take-no-boring-prisoners attitude. Her personal feed is chock full of real-person responses to book lovers’ questions on anything from title releases to dinner menus and current events.

Maria Popova (@brainpicker)

A visual history on New York City’s destruction in 200 years of fiction j.mp/RplMX6 #sandy

—Maria Popova (@brainpicker) October 31, 2012

Maria Popova has long been a darling of the literary scene, and that’s not without very good reason. An esteemed intellectual and literary curator, Brain Pickings editor Popova makes reading extraordinarily accessible to both print and digital audience.

We’ll keep crawling the Twittersphere for great ebook and publishing personalities, so feel free to comment with your suggestions and we’ll check them out.

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