Need Your E-book Autographed? Soon, There Will Be an App for That - HotHardware
Need Your E-book Autographed?  Soon, There Will Be an App for That

Need Your E-book Autographed? Soon, There Will Be an App for That

With the news that e-books are now the top format for reading as of February 2011, comes a problem for some. How do you get an autographed copy of an e-book?

Some have resorted to having their Kindle or iPad case signed, but that's hardly ideal. A better solution is coming, however. It's called Autography, and it's a iOS app.

Here's how it works, basically. A reader poses with an author for a photograph, which can be taken with an iPad 2's camera or an external digital camera. The image then appears on the author’s iPad or is otherwise transmitted to the iPad if using an external camera. The author then uses a stylus to write (most would call this scrawling. based on the way writing of this type ends up looking like) a message beneath the photo. When finished, the author sends the fan an e-mail with a link to the image, which can then be downloaded into the e-book.

Those are the basics, and the way it would work for a traditional book signing, when the author is there at a store with a line of patrons awaiting a signing. However, Autography has some other ideas, as well.

a) Authors can sign a temporary signature page until the customer has completed the e-book purchase. The retailer's online store merges the autograph page into the e-book and transmits to the customer's eReader device. This sounds like no personalization is available, however.

b) After purchasing and downloading an e-book a customer can ask for an autograph. The author will be notified electronically of the customer's desire for an autograph. The customer can request either a generic signature or something specific (with differing pries, we assume). The author completes the autograph at a convenient time, it is then inserted into a new copy of the e-book and transmitted to the customer's device.

c) Another example which Autography believes can drive sales is signed samples of an authories work, such as a chapter. If customers like what they read, they can then purchase the full e-book, which is downloaded behind the signature page, leaving the autograph embedded.

Autography has been tested at book signings in the United States and abroad. It will debut in May at BookExpo America in New York, if things go as planned.

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Not really in to get autographs but for the people who do like to collect them I could see this being an interesting idea.

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I agree with JOMA in that I personally could care less about getting my book (ebook or other) autographed. For anyone who wants their ebook autographed, a system such as this makes a lot of sense.

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since it's digital can't the autograph just be copied? this would ruin the value of the autographs.

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Thats a lot of trouble to go though to get an autograph...

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This is cheese all the way authors will just make a good digital sig and sell it as a feature on early releases or something.

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How can you have an e-signature... thats like a picture of a signature, the equivalent of copying and pasting...

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Exactly OSunday businesses use them all the time when signing documents. So I could see authors using them and putting them in the first page of the eBook of course they would still have to make the copies limited in quantity. Personally I think it's a bit ridiculous.

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A simple marketing tactic through the "limited quantity autographed edition" to make more money.

Honestly though something like this seems to only occur among E-books, where the ease of writing an infomercial, strategy guide, how-to book is what people do in a scheme to make money, and the "e-signature" idea follows along that path the sole e-book authors are in it to make money while most other authors are writing to deliver a message, or tell a story through their books content so I doubt something like this would be supported by most "real" authors

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