Monday, December 26, 2005

David Dodd on Amazon Blog

From the New York Times (appended):

A Chance to Meet the Author Online
By EDWARD WYATT

Shoppers looking to pick up Meg Wolitzer's latest novel, "The Position," on Amazon.com last week found the usual readers' comments and excerpts from reviews. They also found something unexpected: posts on the subject of literature from Ms. Wolitzer herself.

The entries were part of a new program called Amazon Connect, begun late last month to enhance the connections between authors and their fans - and to sell more books - with author blogs and extended personal profile pages on the company's online bookstore site. So far, Amazon has recruited a group of about a dozen authors, including novelists, writers of child care manuals and experts on subjects as diverse as real estate investing, science, fishing and the lyrics of the Grateful Dead.

"The program gives people who are interested in a particular author a way to get new insights into them, and gives the authors a way to develop more of a one-on-one relationship with readers," said Jani Strand, a spokeswoman for Amazon. The authors write on "anything they'd like their readers to know about them," Ms. Strand said, including what inspired their books and details about their experiences. Authors are free to update their blogs as often or as little as they like, and a linked profile page has information about other books, reading recommendations, personal information and, in some cases, e-mail addresses.

David Dodd, the author of "The Complete Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics," used his Amazon blog to respond to comments from a reader who, in an online review of the book, raised questions about its completeness. The book includes 170 songs written by and for the Dead and 14 other songs of major importance to the band's performances over the years, but not all of the more than 400 songs in the band's repertory.

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