Amazon @author Connects You to Authors via Twitter Directly from Your Kindle

Did you ever wish you could the author of a book you’re reading a question about the book? Amazon’s new @author service is currently in a beta release mode and is trying to let you do just that.

@author: Connecting Readers and Writers

Sixteen authors are participating in the service. Here’s how you can ask an author a question while reading a Kindle ebook. You will need a Twitter account that is tied to your Amazon.com account to use @author.

1. Place the cursor at the beginning of the passage you’d like to ask a question about using the 5-way controller, then press down to anchor it
2. Highlight the passage using the 5-way controller
3. Enter your question about the passage you highlighted, beginning with the phrase “@author”. Please note that questions asked from the Kindle are limited to 100 characters. If you would like to ask a longer question, feel free to ask the question from the Amazon Author Page.
4. Select “save & share” from the options at the bottom of the note window when finished

You can find Amazon’s @author Twitter account here:

@author

You can find a detailed Q&A about using @author here:

@Author Questions and Answers

Via Geekwire: New Kindle ‘@author’ feature lets readers ask writers questions from inside their books