Amazon Connecting Authors to Audience

“The New York Times is reporting that Amazon is now providing the ability for authors to reach out to their fans via blogs in a program called Amazon Connect. 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. Now the authors finally have the ability to respond back to comments!

Slashdot | Amazon Connect

Sounds like a great idea.  Plenty of potential for something like this in the CALIverse, blogs for authors, or at least someplace for students to provide feedback, etc.  Of course it’s a bit more complicated in the wolrd of educator-student, but in the proper context it would be a good thing.

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Rip, Mix, Learn…

Self-help Web site HowStuffWorks said Thursday it plans to significantly expand its online reference material by slicing and dicing books into versions meant for an Internet audience.With new funding from rebel financier Carl Icahn, the HowStuffWorks Web site is now digitizing the entire library of Publications International Ltd., a 35-year-old publisher of books concerning interactive learning, cooking, sports, automotive, inspirational and leisure, plus photo collections and stationery items.

Self-Help Web Site Slices and Dices Books

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