GoodReads is one of the largest eBook community and discussion sites in the world. It was purchased by Amazon last year with the intention of dominating the book discovery space. Readers and authors alike flock to GoodReads in droves to talk about their literary proclivities. Today there is a new feature on the site called “Ask the Author,” which gives fans the ability to ask them questions and read past replies.
54 major authors including James Patterson, Margaret Atwood and Khaled Hosseini are all participating in the launch of Ask the Author. If an author answers your question you’ll be notified, and every answer will be shared on the author’s page so that other readers can enjoy them, too. In the coming weeks, all of the 100,000+ authors in the Goodreads Author program will be able to opt in to the feature.
Ask the Author is a program that has never been done on such a large scale before. Over 100,000 self-published and traditionally purchased authors use GoodReads on a daily basis and millions of readers can easily ask their favorite literary figure questions on their writing style, questions on their book or just to engage in witty banter. Obviously the top tier authors will likely only answer a small amount of queries, so don’t give your hopes up.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.