Authors who sell their books via Zola will now be able to give digital autographs with technology provided by Autography. The deal gives authors a proven method for delivering individualized autographs, and it grants readers a new way to collect authenticated autographs and inscriptions inside favorite ebooks.
To launch the partnership, Zola Books and Autography are co-hosting an eBook signing at this year’s inaugural BookCon, a public event for readers during BookExpo America. The signing of free ebooks will take place on May 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the BookCon show floor at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. Not only will authors who sell their books via Zola be able to give autographs, but also ones that belong to Harper, Simon & Schuster, and Harlequin.
Participating authors include Barbara Taylor Bradford signing “Cavendon Hall,” Linda Fairstein signing “Death Angel,” Jonathan Maberry signing “Rot & Ruin,” Morgan Matson signing “Since You’ve Been Gone,” M.J. Rose “Lip Service,” Emmi Itaranta signing “Memory of Water,” Jodi Ellen Malpas signing “This Man,” Heather Graham signing “Waking the Dead”, Julie Kagawa signing “The Forever Song,” and R.L. Stine signing “Creature Teacher: The Final Exam” from the Goosebumps Most Wanted series.
Autography was founded in 2011 by Robert Barrett and Tom Waters. Their patent pending technology has two major components. The first is the ability to grant a digital autograph and have it permanently attached to the readers book. Another option is for the reader and author to pose for a photo using the iPad to shoot it. The author can than autograph the picture and insert it into the eBook.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.