Goodreads Adds ‘Ask the Author’ Functionality

Book social media site Goodreads has added a feature that allows users to directly interact with their favorite authors.

From the Goodreads blog:

If you could ask Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini, or James Patterson anything, what would it be? Maybe you want to know their writing inspiration, what they read as a guilty pleasure, or you have a burning question about one of their bestsellers. Now’s your chance because these three are among the 54 major authors who are helping us launch an exciting new program on Goodreads—Ask the Author!

Using a button added to authors’ profiles, users can ask them any question they want. For now, the program is only open to 54 authors (a list can be found here). It will be live for all Goodreads authors in the coming weeks.

To inspire more interaction between its users, Goodreads will also be rolling out a Reader Q&A feature.

Goodreads is the largest book-focused social networking site with tens of millions of users. It’s owned and operated by Amazon, which acquired it last year in a deal thought to be worth around $100 million.


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