Amazon Kindle Now Connects Authors and Readers
By on August 31st, 2011

Amazon has introduced a new feature – @author – in a limited beta release on Kindle and Amazon Author Pages that connects readers with their favorite writers and their books. Readers can ask questions directly from their Kindles or post them to Amazon Author Pages. Amazon is starting with 16 authors, and the feature is available to anyone who has purchased items from Amazon.com. However, all visitors to Amazon.com can read any current question or response.

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How to post a question from the Kindle?

  • Place the cursor at the beginning of the passage you’d like to ask a question about using the 5-way controller, and press down to anchor it.
  • Highlight the passage using the 5-way controller.
  • Enter your question about the passage you highlighted; beginning with the phrase @author.
  • Select “save & share” from the options at the bottom of the note window when finished.

Note that questions asked from the Kindle are limited to 100 characters. You can of course ask a longer question from the Amazon Author Page. Also, your messages and the votes cast on them do not impact your Top Reviewer ranking, which are only based on customer reviews.

When you ask an @author question from your Kindle or from the Amazon Author Page, you will automatically receive an e-mail notification when a new answer to your question has been posted. Also, on an Amazon Author Page, you can click the Track this questionlink below other question you’d like to track.

Apart from asking questions about the characters or information in the book, this feature gives a nice opportunity to know more about the authors and ask questions about their writing styles and influences. I have so many questions on Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, but alas Mark Twain rests in peace!

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Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

Abhishek Baxi has written and can be contacted at abhishek@techie-buzz.com.

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