As the race between physical books and their digital counterpart e-books continues, the latter seems to be extending the lead with each passing day. However, there are some aspects of physical books that are sorely missed on the digital versions. Like the chance to meet your favorite author and to get him or her to sign the fresh copy of their book that you have bought. The event, the moment, and of course the author’s very own signature does make the entire thing a special part of your book collection.
So with e-books quickly becoming the norm, how can you still have the authors sign their books? Well, Kindlegraph from Amazon can be the answer, at least to some extent. At least you can get the author’s signature, but you might have to settle for missing the excitement and the butterfly-in-the-stomach feeling when meeting your favorite author for the first time. There’s still no way to arrange for interacting with the author and asking questions, or hearing the author read aloud from the book.
Kindlegraph still has its advantages, however, as overseas buyers will still get to have the signatures. For authors, it will save the time to be physically present in an event. They can perhaps give away more autographs right from their home or office.
Now, coming to the Kindlegraph itself, this is how it works; readers will have to log into their Twitter accounts and make a choice of the e-books on which they would like to have the author’s signature. The author or the publishers will need to have opted for from their side as well. Once the author receives a request, he or she would do the actual singing using Docusign’s API. This is then sent back to the users Kindle e-reader as a separate file.
Head over to Amazon’s Kindlegraph site for more on this.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email