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Authors online

JK Rowling isn't the only author to recognise that loyal fans are willing to flock online in order to learn more about their beloved authors. Most brand-name authors nowadays are digitally savvy and this enables them to connect with readers like never before. Lesley Pearse and Stephen Fry are well known Tweeters, and other authors who have embraced technology to connect with their readers include:

Published 17/07/2011 | 05:00

Marian Keyes: The queen of women's fiction alerted fans that she was suffering from a bout of crippling depression last year through her online newsletter.

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The news subsequently made headlines and launched debate around the topic of mental illness. Keyes pre-empted this by saying that she didn't want to "go on about it". She has yet to update her newsletter in 2011.

Jackie Collins

The progenitor of the "bonkbuster" teased her fans for months on Twitter, with snippets of information about her latest book, Goddess of Vengeance. Collins, who is best known for her books Hollywood Wives and The World is Full of Married Men, went live on online channel Ustream TV in July last year to answer fans' questions about the return of beloved heroine Lucky Santangelo, taking questions live via Twitter during the show.

John Connolly

The bestselling author of the dark series featuring Charlie Parker, a retired policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter, has a much-visited online readers' forum, where fans can ask questions about everything to do with his novels, from the inspiration behind them, to the division between children's and adult books.

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl, the fictional phenomenon created by the Wexford-born author, even has his own app now, for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, released free of charge by publishers Puffin. It contains all seven Artemis Fowl titles in one handy library app and can even be read in English or Gnommish, perfect for the die-hard fan.

Stephen King

The godfather of horror was ahead of the curve when he launched an app on his website back in 2008, called The Office, which has a trivia game based on some of his most notable books and movies, as well as memorabilia from throughout his exceptional career.

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