New @author Kindle Feature Lets you Pester the Author from Inside the eBook

This evening Amazon launched a fun new feature that's going to thrill the rabid fan. How would you like to ask the author a question about the book while you're reading it? You're going to need a Twitter account (and a participating author), but  now you can. Simply open the Kindle ebook (it has to be one Amazon sold you), highlight a passage and type @author and your question. If you're following the author on, the question and the author’s answer will both become Public Notes in your book. The question and answer will also be visible on the author's page on

If your question is answered, you'll get an email from Amazon with the answer included. And even if the author doesn't answer, other readers can do so from the author page.

Amazon has 16 participating authors right now, and you can find a complete list as well as a FAQ here.

You may not know this, but the Kindle has had similar @search options for some time, including @dict, @help,[email protected],[email protected], @web, and @wiki. This new @author is a clever addition to the bunch. It's also a smart way to start tying the Kindle hardware with the Kindle Social Network.

BTW, Amazon also secured the @author account on Twitter, but I should warn you that it can't be used to ask a question.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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