Signing of the Times

One of the miscellaneous bits of handwringing about the death of printed books surrounds the book signing – that ceremonial act where the author adorns an individual copy with their moniker. But fear not, even in the eBook world, there is a way. The New York Times reports on the ‘autographer’ system:

Here’s how an Autography eBook “signing” will work: a reader poses with the author for a photograph, which can be taken with an iPad camera or an external camera. The image immediately appears on the author’s iPad (if it’s shot with an external camera, it’s sent to the iPad via Bluetooth). Then the author uses a stylus to scrawl a digital message below the photo. When finished, the author taps a button on the iPad that sends the fan an e-mail with a link to the image, which can then be downloaded into the eBook.

Wait time? About two and a half minutes. Bragging potential? Endless: Readers can post the personalized photo to their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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