Of Book Signings and Ebooks

As an author, I derive great pleasure from providing family, friends and other readers with signed copies of my paperback books. Indeed, over the last week or so, I have mailed 3 copies of my recently released “Selected Poems”, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Selected-Poems-K-Morris/dp/1688049800, and furnished 3 signed copies to friends face-to-face.

In addition to my squashed spider of a signature, each book contains a personalised message. Its wonderful to receive the heartfelt messages of thanks and to know that a reader will have a physical copy of my “Selected Poems” on their bookshelves to enjoy for years to come.

Whilst I can not envisage the demise of physical books (either paperback or hardback) as many people, including me love to hold a real book in their hands, the growth in ebooks has driven the development of solutions enabling authors to sign electronic copies of their books. See, for example this article, https://selfpublishingadvice.org/book-marketing-tip-how-to-offer-signed-books-at-low-cost/.

I haven’t used Authorgraph (one of the solutions mentioned in the above article). However the ability to sign ebooks opens up new possibilities for both readers and authors. No longer does a UK author need to send a signed (physical) copy of his/her book halfway around the world by post, as he/she can sign an electronic book remotely. Of course many readers will, I feel sure still wish to own a signed (physical) copy of a book. However, for those who prefer ebooks, or others who can not aford the expense of postage and packaging, the ability to have an ebook signed by their favourite author can only be a good thing.

Kevin

9 thoughts on “Of Book Signings and Ebooks

  1. TammyB

    Some of my best memories are meeting authors and having them sign my books. Signing Ebooks had never even crossed my mind before I read your post. Thanks for bringing something new for me to think about today!

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    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      I am glad my post gave you something new to think about, Tammy! I hope you continue to enjoy meeting authors face-to-face and having your books signed by your favourite writers. Thanks for commenting. Best, Kevin

      Reply
    1. K Morris Poet Post author

      Thanks for your comment, Ann. I am sorry to hear that AuthorGraph was not accessible to you. Did you contact them and ask that the company make ttheir system accessible? Best, Kevin

      Reply
    2. K Morris Poet Post author

      Ah, I have experienced the same problem when wishing to contact a webmaster. I am sorry you had that experience and I hope that all webmasters will, in future ensure that their sites are accessible.

      Reply

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