Pajama bedhead book-signing
Inevitable, this was.
Autography has developed technology to allow for signatures in eBooks. Those signatures are also archived so that if an eReader is lost, the signatures aren’t.
If you can’t connect the dots, an author conducting an online reading can now sign eBooks too. Sorry readers-of-real-books. No signing for you.
So why am I having boxer-rebellion as I sit here typing?
- Cost is yet to be determined.
- Who owns the signature? (If it’s stored on their servers…), and is Autography free to use a general signature in agreements with publishers? (My point is, a signature is unique. It should not be something that’s given away and stamped upon everything like a 2-for-1 sale at the grocery store.)
- Can I sign in different colors, or can the signature reflect different types of pens?
- Security of the signature? (How is it stored?)
- On the one hand, someone in Chengdu can hear me read from my novel and obtain a personalized signature on her eBook. On the other, I can’t shake her hand or have a small conversation to help understand why she likes the book, or why my novel offends Auntie Hu without having to manage a crowd of people speaking all at once. Have you ever had a tele- or a video-conference? “Everyone needs to take a number, please.” At least there’s order, and a wee bit of privacy, to the book-signing table.
Now, I could direct all these questions to Autography. But I’ve got better things to do at this point… like getting my novel published.
ref: Dutch Author Is Now Signing Her eBooks
“Somehow I had envisioned the net in my mind very much as it would become 30 years later. I envisioned sending the Declaration of Independence to everyone on the net… all 100 of them… which would have crashed the whole thing, but luckily Fred Ranck stopped me, and we just posted a notice in what would later become comp.gen. I think about six out of the 100 users at the time downloaded it.”
— Michael Hart, inventor of the ebook and of Project Gutenberg
, died Tuesday the 6th at age 64.
With regard to the book industry
Dump hardcover printing, release everything as ebook or refined paperback (e.g., Espresso Book Machine), and set up a recycling program for paperbacks with added purchasing rewards (much like returning bottles and cans).
[UPDATE: Go to Better World Books with the ones you don’t need.]