For devoted bibliophiles, no moment is greater than when you get to meet your favorite author.
I have stood in line for hours, clinching a paperback in my sweaty hands, thinking of a cool thing to say when I get to the front. Something to make the writer remember me. Something different from the glob of people cooing all day over his or her words.
The moment arrives. The author smiles. I hand them my copy of his book.
“Who should I make it out to?” he asks.
Then I say something stupid like, “Me.” He doesn’t even know who I am. At least, I have stood out. I’m the stupid fan.
Good times. I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. An authentic author’s signature makes some books very valuable. Signatures at least make them sentimental.
Soon, this will all change.
E-book authors have an option use an electric stylus for autographs. Just like when you sign for a UPS package.
What is the value of a digital signature? Likely, nothing. If signed books in the future will only feature digital representations of signatures, why not just e-mail your signature to all your readers? There’s no difference.
Since electronic signatures will likely not add or subtract any value to e-books, you must make your author meeting memorable. Who cares if they sign the book or not? You can just download their signature later. Maybe future e-books will just scan author thumbprints.
Remember this, when you meet your favorite e-book author, getting a signature will be irrelevant. Walking away with a good memory will be everything.