What Will Happen to Booksignings?
Last week when we were discussing e-books, someone brought up an interesting question.
In the age of e-books… what will happen to booksignings?
Well first of all, with marketing budgets having dropped over the last few years, there are already fewer booksignings than there used to be. But autographed books are one of the enduring traditions in the literary world, so I have a feeling that somehow, some way, they’re going to continue.
Even though the trend is shifting toward e-books, many print books are still sold and that will continue to be the case for quite some time. So for awhile anyway, we’ll still be able to get our print books signed.
I can envision a future in which some books are published in e-versions except for small, exclusive and highly touted print runs of printed books for special events — book launch parties, speaking engagements… and booksignings. Won’t it be great when it’s a “status symbol” to own a limited-edition PRINTED version of your favorite author’s book? AND have it autographed?
But we should never underestimate technology — because of course, there are now ways to get your e-books autographed. Companies like Autography and Kindlegraph have come up with ways for authors to digitally sign electronic books. In the case of Autography, it’s pretty neat the way it works…they’ve actually come up with a way to add a page to your digital book that contains the author’s inscription. (Read about it – it’s pretty impressive.)
You could always bring your iPad down the to booksigning with a Sharpie and have your favorite author sign the back. But you’d better really like that author!
As a reader, has the difficulty of getting books signed played into your decision about whether to go electronic? Are author autographs important to you?