Do readers dream of electric autographs - by Hywela Lyn
Some readers are just happy to read a book. Then there are others who want more - some contact with the author. In the old days it was simple enough. An author would hold an actual booksigning in a bookstore or library and sign a real, live book.
These days it is not quite so easy. When more and more, books are becoming available on-line, rather than, or as well as in print, how does an author enable a reader to get a coveted autographed copy?
Well the solution is simple really - get an 'authorgraph'. If you haven't come across this neat little idea, go along to http://www.authorgraph.com and sign up. It was developed by Evan Jacob, a Seattle software developer. It's free and you just need the ASIN of your book (which is right after 'dp' in the URL of your book on Amazon) Then, when a reader requests an autographed copy, you can send them either an actual electronic signature, using your mouse, or stylus/finger if using an IPad, or select a preformatted font version, if your on-line writing is a little shaky.. Either way you can include a personal message. You also have the option of advertising your 'autograph',displaying a copy of your book cover, like this:
|click the picture to go to my Kindlegraph page|
Your 'autograph' requests are sent to you by Email and delivered as a separate document to the recipient's Kindle, together with a copy of your bookcover. Alternatively, if they don't have a Kindle they can request a download of a PDF copy which can be read on a variety of platforms. In these days of 'virtual' book tours, this is a little more than a 'virtual' signature and a reader can build up a nice collection of electronic 'authorgraphs'.
Seems like a great idea for both electronic authors and their readers. While there is something very satisfying and personal about a signature on a book page, this seems to be a perfectly good solution for Ebooks. What do you think?