One of the great things about the era of social media is that it brings authors much closer to readers than they’ve ever been before.
Authors routinely interact with readers through Facebook and Twitter. Now add Goodreads to that list. The book-focused social media site owned by Amazon has launched “Ask the Author” wherein readers can ask questions directly to authors. The program starts with 54 authors but will be expanded to all of the site’s authors.
Meanwhile, not ignoring content created by non-professionals, Goodreads is also launching functionality that will make it easier for readers to speak to each other through the platform.
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Shindig Bringing Authors to Readers at BEA (DBW)
Online event platform Shindig will be on the floor of Book Expo America talking to 50 authors over three days, bringing them to readers online.
Kobo Launches Author Pages (Good E Reader)
In a world where it can’t leverage Goodreads as it once did, Kobo continues to beef up its social and author interactions.
Digital Books Preferred in UK? (Voice of Russia)
According to Deloitte, just over half of UK readers prefer digital books to print books.
Txtr Launches EPUB3 Reader for iOS (DBW)
The Germany-based ebook retailer is the first to build an EPUB3 reader using the Readium foundation’s software development kit.
Blue Chip Editor Leaving Penguin Random House (Pub Lunch)
Amy Einhorn, head of PRH imprint Amy Einhorn Books in its Putnam division, is leaving the company. She is responsible for such best-sellers at The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret. It has not been confirmed where she is heading next.
Libraries of the Future TBD (DBW)
ProQuest is hosting a summit on the future of libraries with some of the segment’s best thinkers.
Ingram Grows MyiLibrary Platform (DBW)
Through deals with Hachette, O’Reilly and Kensington.
Banned Author Still Big in China (Pub Perspectives)
The story of Chinese novelist Chan Koonchung highlights why it’s so risky to do business in China – and perhaps why it’s also irresistible.
Just a Reminder…
With all the talk of ebook subscription services this week (and more to come), just thought we’d remind you to tune into the DBW Debate on the topic: Will the success of ebook subscription services will be good for publishers, authors and readers? Attend, listen and vote on June 11. Registration is free and limited. Register today!