As if Amazon hasn’t created enough outlets they up and create another innovative idea. This one is called @Author Program.
What in the hell is @Author Program?
Ok so you know how you follow your favorite writers and their favorite writers writer on Twitter? You ask them all kinds of questions in hopes of getting an answer however you only end up with your heart broken because they didn’t answer you. Then you refuse to buy any of their literary works and…
Damn did I just spaz out?
Anyhoo, Amazon has created a way for readers to connect to authors in a more personal way. All you have to do is ask questions in less than 100 characters starting with @author. And guess what? Your questions get answered!
What’s in it for Amazon?
If it doesn’t make money it doesn’t make sense. In order to participate readers can only do it through the Kindle. And who makes Kindles? Yep, Amazon. The more people they get to buy their Kindles the more money in their pockets. That’s smart marketing and business sense. Plus the reader have to purchase at least one item in order to get your question answered.
What’s the catch?
I don’t see any catch really, can you? I think this is a great idea especially for aspiring writers (oh and of course readers). Now you can network on a personal level. One more thing, just so you’re not stuck on Twitter all day clicking on that reset button to see if your answer will pop up on your timeline, Amazon will email you when your question has been answered. So go and sign your ass up!
Peace and luv!
- Amazon’s @author Connects Readers to Authors on Twitter (mashable.com)
- Amazon Kindle Now Connects Authors and Readers (techie-buzz.com)
- Amazon continues on its mission to disintermediate publishers (philbradley.typepad.com)
- Amazon.com Starts @Author Question Forum For Kindle Users [News] (makeuseof.com)
- Ask Authors Questions from Within Kindle or Amazon’s Author Page [Kindle] (lifehacker.com)