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This Signing was a First

I've been meaning to post more this week, but with all the stuff going on at Magical Words, I haven't had time.

I did want to relate this little tidbit though.  This past weekend, at ConCarolinas, I signed my first eReader.  Really.  It was a Kindle, and the owner was a fan of my books, and she had me sign the back of the reader with a sharpie.  Very cool.  I wonder if this will become a trend.

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arhyalon
Jun. 10th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
That's cool!
davidbcoe
Jun. 10th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was. Also a little weird. I wonder if someday e-Readers will come with special backs that open to a writing surface for just this sort of thing.
arhyalon
Jun. 10th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Or a little magnetic pen that would allow you to sign the E-book.
davidbcoe
Jun. 10th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
Someone suggested something similar on my Facebook page. The problem with this is that you're giving your signature in electronic form to a stranger. I'd never do it. Too dangerous in this age of identity theft.
arhyalon
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hmm...that's a good point.

I can't sign the electronic thing at the local grocery store. It doesn't accept my signiture...I go over the lines or something...but it does accept a smilie face if I draw one.

Maybe in the future we authors could all have little symbols we draw to add to electronic books.;-)

A better idea, though would be to have a slot where you could put a nice piece of high quality bond paper...that way you could add another sheet or two if, with time, you got more signatures.
beatrizwench
Jun. 10th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
Incredibly cool!
davidbcoe
Jun. 10th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'd say it was a highlight of the weekend, but the entire weekend was a highlight.
hedwig_snowy
Jun. 10th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Although, isn't the 'cut' less for ebooks? re the wondering if it will become a trend. Still, it is probably better for the trees...

And, I had my Sony Reader engraved with a quote from the Harry Potter books...not quite the same as having the author sign it though. :)
davidbcoe
Jun. 10th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, authors' cuts from e-book sales are about the same or even a little better than traditional paperback sales. We still get more money from hardcovers. I like the idea of the engraving. Is that an extra that Sony offered or did you have it done yourself?
hedwig_snowy
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Sony did it when I bought it.

Interesting. Would think because of the cheaper price of ebooks vs hardcovers, there'd be a smaller cut, but I guess that the amount saved on publishing the book vs digital makes a difference.

davidbcoe
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Right, because ebooks are cheaper than hardcovers, authors still do better on hardcover sales than on ebook sales. But we do better on ebooks than on most paperback sales. The royalty rates are marginally higher on ebooks and the list prices fairly similar -- right in between mass market and trade paperback prices. The publishing savings on ebooks is far less than most people think, because the most significant costs in publishing aren't paper and binding and ink, they're publicity, editing, and other production costs that are necessary regardless of format.
maryrobinette
Jun. 10th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea. I think I'll start doing that with my Nook.
davidbcoe
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Have the authors keep their lettering small....
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