Tom Cox in the Times looks at authors who go beyond the basics to exploit the full potential of the web with interactive websites which provide add-ons for their readers, among them author Jasper Fforde sees his site (which brings him about 2,500 visitors a day!) as:
... a kind of after-sales service for readers who only see a new Fforde book ever year. ... I also see it as an extension of the books — allowing readers to dive back into that world for a little longer. ... a reader-writer contract that I hope will induce people to keep reading me year after year.Other sites Cox likes:
www.jkrowling.com Designed to look like Rowling’s wrapper-strewn, pen-cluttered desk, this is an interactive delight, and the only place for reliable Potter news.
www.iainbanks.net For the buzzing forum, in which Banks is referred to respectfully as TMH — “The Man Himself”.
susan-hill.com Veteran author and publisher sounds off in her regular blog.
www.nickhornby.co.uk Music, football, books, and plenty of top-five lists to please the anoraks.
jeanettewinterson.com Lots of fresh content (including a monthly column), stylishly packaged.