The Author’s Guild has introduced a new service to help authors and publishers save money on book tours and do readings and book signings from the comfort of their living rooms.

Booktalk Nation lets authors create digital events where the readers can dial in to hear an author read from their book, or watch videos online. Callers or web viewers can ask questions, as they would at a real life reading, using the platform. Check it out: “Authors are interviewed either by web video or by phone, with readers around the country watching and listening in. Readers can submit questions for the author. Host booksellers set up the events and affiliate booksellers around the country promote them.”

Readers can even order personalized copies of the book signed to them by the author online and have these books shipped to their homes. Independent bookstores can host these events and fill these orders.

Authors participating this month include: Zane, Susan Mallery, Will Schwalbe, Tanya Lee Stone and Judy Mandel.