@author: ask an author a question while reading a book

@author: ask an author a question while reading a book

Here’s an interesting new feature!

According to the

Kindle Daily Post

That’s an official Amazon blog.

With this new feature, you can highlight a passage, type @author followed by your question, and share the note.

Amazon will tweet it to the author. If the author answers it, you’ll get an e-mail.

The questions (and answers) will also appear on the author’s Amazon Author Central page. It will also become a public note (for people following that author).

This is only a pilot, with a limited list of authors…but it’s an interesting set of people:

  • Ted Dekker: (@tedDekker) Forbidden and The Priest’s Graveyard
  • Timothy Ferriss: (@tferriss) The 4-Hour Body and The 4-Hour Workweek
  • Marie Force: (@MarieForce) Ready for Love and Fool for Love
  • Barbara Freethy: (@BarbaraFreethy) Love Will Find a Way and One True Love
  • Steven Johnson: (@stevenbjohnson) Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You
  • Robert Kiyosaki: (@theRealKiyosaki) Rich Dad, Poor Dad and Rich Dad’s Cashflow Quadrant
  • J.A. Konrath: (@jakonrath) SERIAL and Endurance
  • John Locke: (@DonovanCreed) The Love You Crave and Lethal People
  • Elisa Lorello: (@ElisaLorello) Ordinary World
  • C.J. Lyons: (@cjlyonswriter) Blind Faith and Borrowed Time
  • Debbi Mack: (@debbimack) Identity Crisis and Least Wanted
  • Brad Meltzer: (@bradmeltzer) The Inner Circle and The Zero Game
  • Scott Nicholson: (@hauntedcomputer) Ashes and Write Good or Die
  • Susan Orlean: (@susanorlean) Rin Tin Tin and The Orchid Thief
  • Deborah Reed: (@DebReedAuthor) Carry Yourself Back to Me and A Small Fortune
  • James Rollins: (@jamesrollins) The Skeleton Key and The Devil Colony

I’d be happy to be part of that program, and I’m guessing it rolls out to everybody later if it is successful.

Of course, you can already ask questions of authors on their Author Central Pages. Mine is


but this lets you do it from within the book. I might find that disruptive when reading a fiction book the first time, but for non-fiction, it could be marvelous. Going back and re-reading a book (or buying one specifically to ask the questions) could also be great.

However, there are millions of Kindle owners (and this might work with Kindle apps…don’t know yet). I’m not quite sure how someone like Stephen King might answer, say, a thousand questions a day. They do say not every question will get answered, and readers will be allowed to answer the questions on the AAC page.

Still, this is the kind of social integration that many people will want…and if this is and remains exclusive to the Kindle, it’s going to be an attractant to that platform for bibliophiles (and some others…I can see business people wanting to ask a question of Warren Buffett, for example).

Whether this is connected to new devices or not, it’s fascinating.

Oh, I just checked out the link with more information:


You have to have your Kindle associated with a Twitter account to ask the question from the device, but not on the Amazon Author Central page.

Your question is limited to 100 characters.

You can only answer questions if you’ve bought items from Amazon.

Here are the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
@author FAQs

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

2 Responses to “@author: ask an author a question while reading a book”

  1. Jj Hitt Says:

    @HermanMelville: What’s the deal with the whale?

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Jj!

      Exactly! I was thinking of writing a post just like that…you beat me to it. 🙂

      I like your execution on it, too.

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