Every so often while reading a book I come across a part of it that I want to know more about. Sometimes, I want to know where the author got their inspiration. Sometimes, I just don’t understand what is going on. I know I am not alone in this. So what if we could stop right there on that page and ask the author our questions?
It seems now we can with Amazon’s new @author feature which links the kindle with twitter. Amazon announced their new feature a month ago. The feature is still in limited beta release and only has a few authors such as John Locke and James Rollins testing it out (both of which are quite accessible through twitter or facebook anyway). I am sure in the future many other authors will be joining in. I think this would be particular appealing for indie publishers.
Social networking linking in with your published e-book works, what do you think? What implications does this have for paper books?
- 100 Amazon editor picks for $1.99-$3.99 thru’ 9/30/11 + Ask @Author while reading (teleread.com)
- Amazon continues on its mission to disintermediate publishers (philbradley.typepad.com)
- Amazon adds the ability to quiz authors through the Kindle (digitaltrends.com)
- Amazon’s @author Connects Readers to Authors on Twitter (mashable.com)
- Get in touch with the @author of the Kindle book you read (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Ask Authors Questions from Within Kindle or Amazon’s Author Page [Kindle] (lifehacker.com)